A person injured by a first responder may have limited legal options available to pursue financial compensation. This is because of a Missouri state law that prevents injured patients from suing medical professionals offering emergency treatment. This Good Samaritan law keeps people from pursuing lawsuits if a first responder makes a mistake during emergency treatment. There are some important exceptions to this law, however.
If you have sustained an injury because of a first responder or healthcare professional’s errors during an emergency, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for these injuries. For additional information regarding your full range of legal options, contact the St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers of the Finney Law Office at 314-646-0300.
Exceptions to Good Samaritan Immunity
Normally, a Good Samaritan will have immunity from lawsuits filed against them after injuring someone they were trying to help. However, there are some exceptions that may allow someone injured to recover financial compensation for that undue suffering:
If the act was particularly negligent
If the act was intentional
If the act was carried out for payment
If the act was made in the emergency room, not at the site of the emergency
In these cases, the Good Samaritan law no longer applies. A person may be able to pursue a lawsuit for injuries caused in these cases.
If your injuries were caused by a first responder’s dangerous negligence, we may be able to help you to seek financial compensation. To discuss your options in further detail with a reliable legal advisor, contact the St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys of the Finney Law Office at 314-646-0300 today.