New York’s Good Samaritan Law – A Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The other day, a client was telling me a story.  While trying to describe somebody’s personality, he said this:

“She’s the type of person that will find fault in everything you do. If you push her off the tracks just seconds before she is about to be struck by a speeding locomotive, she’ll sue you for bruising her leg and soiling her clothes.”

And that reminded me of New York’s Good Samaritan law, today’s topic.

Common Law: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Generally speaking, there is no duty to come to the aid of somebody that has been in an accident and in need of emergency medical assistance. However, not long ago, if you attempted to render medical assistance to somebody and botched the rescue, chances were you would be sued. Therefore, educated bystanders wouldn’t dare attempt a rescue.

Since the common law discouraged bystanders from attempting to render medical … Read More