Would-be heroes were warned by the California Supreme Court on Thursday that they could be liable for damages if they inadvertently injure a person while attempting a rescue. In a 4-3 ruling, the high court held that a state statute immunizing rescuers from liability applies only if the individual is providing medical care in an emergency situation. The case arose after a woman pulled her friend from a wrecked car. Left a paraplegic, the passenger sued her would-be rescuer for negligence.
Calif. Supreme Court Ruling May Deter Good Samaritans
December 19, 2008