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The popular media and some large corporations have continued to perpetuated a myth – that doctors and just regular people are being sued after trying to give emergency medical care to injury victims. Well, you can rest easier, at least in Georgia, because Georgia has a good Samaritan law that protects any member of the public or of the medical profession who voluntarily and gratuitously (without pay) gives or attempts to give emergency medical treatment. So, if you are ever in a situation where you have to decide whether to render emergency care to someone who has just been injured, don’t worry, you should be protected by Georgia law. If you have a claim made against you arising from a “Good Samaritan” act, the claim most likely will be dismissed.

Georgia’s good Samaritan law is found in O.C.G.A. 51-1-29: Liability of persons rendering emergency care, this law says: “Any person, including any person licensed to practice medicine and surgery pursuant to Article 2 of Chapter 34 of Title 43 and including any person licensed to render services ancillary thereto, who in good faith renders emergency care at the scene of an accident or emergency to the victim or victims thereof without making any charge therefor shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or omission by such person in rendering emergency care or as a result of any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care for the injured person.”

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