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Good Samaritan rule

n. from a Biblical story, if a volunteer comes to the aid of an injured or ill person who is a stranger, the person giving the aid owes the stranger a duty of being reasonably careful. In some circumstances negligence could result in a claim of negligent care if the injuries or illness were made worse by the volunteer's negligence. Thus, if Jack Goodguy sees a man lying by the road, a victim of a hit and run accident, and moves the injured man, resulting in a worsening of the injury or a new injury, instead of calling for an ambulance, Goodguy may find himself on the wrong end of a lawsuit for millions of dollars.

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In order to ensure the effective implementation of the guidelines and SOPs, it is imperative that a comprehensive Good Samaritan law is enacted at the Central and state level," the SC said.
Good Samaritan laws in all 50 states, however, provide legal protection for good faith attempts to help, even if such attempts are technically "negligent.
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We are advocating a good Samaritan law to oblige people to help victims," said Mahendra.
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Should the South Dakota Legislature adopt language similar to Wisconsin, South Dakota courts could look to Wisconsin's history concerning its Good Samaritan law.
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1273, 1273 (1983) ("The area of so-called Good Samaritan law .
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