Good Samaritan Laws What is a Good Samaritan? A good samaritan is: • A person who goes out of his/her way to perform acts of kindness to others, especially strangers. • A person who, in the case of an accident or injury, will try to provide help and first aid. What is the legal definition of a good samaritan? • A person who renders voluntary aid without compensation to a person who is injured or in danger. • It is important to understand this legal definition when examining good samaritan laws. Good Samaritan Laws • Good samaritan laws are laws that protect healthcare providers and bystanders from being sued when they are giving emergency help to a victim. Some Facts About Good Samaritan Laws • Good Samaritan Laws can be different in each state. • In some states it is against the law NOT to provide reasonable assistance, like calling 911. • Some state laws only protect those who have first aid training and certification. • If the Good Samaritan has hope or expects to be paid then the law does not apply.