The laws of the Good Samaritan take their name from a Bible parable attributed to Jesus, commonly referred to as the parable of the Good Samaritan, contained in Luke 10:29-37. It recounts the help given by a traveler from the region known as Samaria to another traveler of conflicting religious and ethnic backgrounds who had been beaten and robbed by bandits.  No person who is asked to volunteer by a county sheriff, municipal police, fire department, ranger or other local authority to assist in a search or rescue operation who has first aid training in accordance with Red Cross standards for advanced first aid and emergency care, and provides emergency services to a bona fide victim prior to or during the evacuation or recovery of the victim; is liable for civil damages resulting from acts or omissions of that person in the provision of such emergency services. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any general, special or local law, any physician assistant duly registered in that State who, voluntarily and without expectation of financial compensation, provides first aid or emergency treatment at the site of an accident or other emergency outside a hospital, doctor`s office or other place with appropriate and necessary medical equipment shall provide to a person: who is unconscious, sick or injured is not liable for damages for injuries allegedly sustained by that person or damages for the death of that person allegedly resulting from an act or omission in the provision of such first aid or emergency treatment, unless it is proved that such injuries were grossly negligent by that medical assistant. Nothing in this section exempts a physician assistant from liability for damages caused by injury or death caused by an act or omission of a physician assistant in the course of providing professional services in the normal course of his or her practice. If you encounter an accident site, you will likely benefit from Good Samaritan protection. If you use your black bag to help the victim, the fact that you have your black bag with you does not in itself mean that you were forced to react, and therefore should not affect your immunity. 3. For the purposes of this paragraph, “reckless disregard” of a particular health care provider providing emergency medical services means conduct that a health care provider knew, or ought to have known, that there was an unreasonable risk of injury to the life or health of others at the time the services were provided. And this risk was far greater than is necessary to make driving negligent. Most Australian states and territories have some form of Good Samaritan protection. In general, they provide protection if care is provided in good faith and the “Good Samaritan” is not affected by drugs or alcohol.
There are differences between states, ranging from not applying when the “Good Samaritan” is the cause of the problem (New South Wales) to applying it in all circumstances when the attempt is made in good faith (Victoria).  For the purposes of this section, the term “emergency services” includes, but is not limited to, first aid and medical services, rescue procedures, and transportation or other related activities necessary to ensure the safety of the victim who is the subject of the search or rescue operation. The laws of the Good Samaritan provide protection against “simple negligence.” Simple negligence is the failure to act as a reasonably prudent person. It is the inability to exercise the care that the great mass of humanity usually does in the same or similar circumstances. A lawsuit based on gross negligence and how they were applied to the laws of the Good Samaritan took place in Montana, where a doctor was invited to visit the home of a woman who had fallen into an eight-foot-deep excavation pit. The pit had rebar embedded in concrete, which helped impale the woman`s leg during the fall. The doctor agreed to the meeting and helped the woman clean the wound. The doctor then told the woman that the injury was not an emergency, but that she should see a doctor soon.
The woman did not follow the doctor`s advice and did not see a doctor for more than a week. During that week, the injured leg became infected and eventually had to undergo surgery. The woman then filed a lawsuit against the physician, based on the fact that the physician had acted with gross negligence in treating the wound. 1. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 41.505, any person in that State who provides emergency care or assistance, free of charge and in good faith, shall not be liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission other than gross negligence in the provision of emergency care or assistance, or as a result of any act or omission. does not constitute gross negligence in insuring the injured person or receiving other medical care. Sometimes we are asked if it is permissible to accept a gift for your efforts as a Good Samaritan. The answer is usually “yes” – and some laws even state that doctors are entitled to remuneration for the care provided to the Good Samaritan.
However, in most states, sending an invoice can complicate the question of whether you had a pre-existing obligation to care for the person, and therefore whether you have Good Samaritan immunity. You must be able to prove that you provided the care without expecting compensation, even if you later decide to bill for your services, which can be difficult. Indiana: 34-30-12-1 States (b) Except as otherwise provided in clause (c), a person who goes to the scene of an emergency or accident or who is called to the scene of an emergency or accident and who provides emergency care free of charge at the scene of the emergency or accident is exempt from civil liability for bodily injury resulting from: (1) any act or omission of the person in the provision of emergency care; or (2) any act or omission to provide or arrange for other medical treatment or care for the injured person; This does not apply to acts or omissions based on gross negligence or intentional or intentional misconduct. (b) 1. Any health care provider, including a Section 395 accredited hospital, providing emergency services in accordance with the obligations set forth in 42 U.S.C. s. 1395dd, s. 395.1041, pp.
395.401, or s. 401.45 is not liable for any civil damages resulting from such medical care or treatment, unless such damages result from the provision or failure to provide medical care or treatment in circumstances that demonstrate a reckless disregard for consequences that affect the life or health of others. The laws of the Good Samaritan protect those who willfully provide assistance to a person in need, as long as the volunteer has not helped through gross negligence or recklessness. The term “negligence” is generally considered to be an act that does not meet the reasonable standard of conduct.