Can I get sued for doing First Aid?

Can I get sued for doing First Aid?

This is concern (along with disease transmission) seems to be the main reason that people are afraid to help someone in need of first aid.


In Ontario (other provinces have similar legislation) we have "The Good Samaritan Act" which is designed to protect people who voluntarily help someone in an emergency. The is designed to keep people from being sued when they choose to perform First Aid. Whether you are trained or not you are protected. We always recommend that people take a first aid course so they know what to do but anyone can help.

With the advent of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in many public places, many people are still surprised to find out that anyone can use these life saving devices in an emergency. AEDs will only shock in certain specific circumstances so they hard to be misused.

Do not be afraid to help. Take a first aid course and maybe you can save a life.


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