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Georgia Good Samaritan Law

Published on March 15, 2019 under Born To Ride
Georgia Good Samaritan Law

Georgia Good Samaritan Law

All 50 states have some form of the Good Samaritan Law. These laws are designed to encourage people to render emergency aid at the scene of an accident without the concern of liability or civil damages. O.C.G.A. §51-1-29 lays out Georgia’s Good Samaritan Law:

(a) Any person, including any person licensed to practice medicine and surgery pursuant to Article 2 of Chapter 34 of Title 43 and 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 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.

(b) As used in this Code section, the term “emergency care” shall include, but shall not be limited to, the rescue or attempted rescue of an incapacitated or endangered individual from a locked motor vehicle.

One important aspect of the code section is that the party rendering care cannot charge for the services. In Georgia, if you render emergency care and receive no compensation and do not intentionally harm the injured party, you cannot be held liable for civil damages.

Chuck Watwood