Lawmakers are rushing to introduce legislation that would offer greater legal protections to Good Samaritans in light of a recent California Supreme Court decision.
Legislators from both parties have introduced three bills to address Van Horn v. Watson, 08 C.D.O.S. 15199, which held that a state statute only shields rescuers from liability if they provide medical care in an emergency situation. The ruling puts at risk aid-givers who inadvertently hurt victims while removing them from a burning building or other potentially dangerous scenarios.
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