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Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:02 AM

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If you're afraid of getting trained in CPR and First Aid because you think that will in some way increase your legal liability, then you don't know about the Good Samaritan Law. Besides the fact that almost never does anyone get sued for attempting to help in an emergency, the law is clearly on your side.

Good Samaritan Laws vary from state to state. As they've been written by different human beings, the wording varies, too. But they all essentially say the same thing: If you're trying your best to help, if you're acting wisely and prudently, and if you're not doing something that's outrageous (like performing brain surgery on the street with a drill, just because you saw an actor do it on "Grey's Anatomy"), yes, someone can attempt to sue you. But they're not going to win. That's the point of Good Sam laws.

As you will see, the law is intended to encourage (rather than discourage) people to help in an emergency. Knowing that it protects the general public (those people not being paid to provide care) helps people to make the positive decision to move forward (rather than backward). If we can make people less fearful, we'll get more people attempting to help. And that's a good thing!

If you live in the state of Minnesota, here's a link to the Minnesota law. (Don't worry, it's short and very easy to read.) http://www.cpr-twincities.com/sam

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