1999 Lawsuit Reforms
Good Samaritan Law/Charitable Immunity

For a summary of lawsuit reforms adopted in 1999 follow the links below:

Contingency Fee Contracts With State Government
Gun Maker Lawsuits
Honest Job References
Legal Self-Help
Juror Protection
Good Samaritan Law/Charitable Immunity
Good Samaritan Law/Defibrillator Use

Medical professionals are now allowed to volunteer their services free from the fear of a lawsuit. The medical care must be performed on behalf of a charitable organization and within the scope of the doctor or nurse’s expertise.

The Good Samaritan Law requires that the volunteer acted in good faith and committed the alleged act or omission while providing health care services to the patient.

In order for the doctor or nurse to receive immunity, the patient must have signed a written statement that acknowledges that the volunteer is providing uncompensated care, and acknowledges the limitations on the recovery of damages in exchange for receiving the uncompensated services.

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