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§ 8331. Medical good Samaritan civil immunity

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 42 Pa.C.S.A. Judiciary and Judicial Procedure

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 42 Pa.C.S.A. Judiciary and Judicial Procedure (Refs & Annos)
Part VII. Civil Actions and Proceedings
Chapter 83. Particular Rights and Immunities (Refs & Annos)
Subchapter C. Immunities Generally
42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8331
§ 8331. Medical good Samaritan civil immunity
(a) General rule.--Any physician or any other practitioner of the healing arts or any registered nurse, licensed by any state, who happens by chance upon the scene of an emergency or who arrives on the scene of an emergency by reason of serving on an emergency call panel or similar committee of a county medical society or who is called to the scene of an emergency by the police or other duly constituted officers of a government unit or who is present when an emergency occurs and who, in good faith, renders emergency care at the scene of the emergency, shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any acts or omissions by such physician or practitioner or registered nurse in rendering the emergency care, except any acts or omissions intentionally designed to harm or any grossly negligent acts or omissions which result in harm to the person receiving emergency care.
(b) Definition.--As used in this section “good faith” shall include, but is not limited to, a reasonable opinion that the immediacy of the situation is such that the rendering of care should not be postponed until the patient is hospitalized.

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1976, July 9, P.L. 586, No. 142, § 2, effective June 27, 1978.
BAR ASSOCIATION COMMENT
Source Note: Reenactment of act of August 8, 1963 (P.L. 582), §§ 1 and 2 (12 P.S. §§ 1641 and 1642).
HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
Prior Laws:
1963, Aug. 8, P.L. 582, No. 301, §§ 1, 2 (12 P.S. §§ 1641, 1642).
1965, May 7, P.L. 51, § 1.
42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8331, PA ST 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8331
Current through 2017 Regular Session Act 32
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