Gov. Blagojevich signs law extending
'Good Samaritan' protection to people trained in first aid by
National Safety Council
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Law protects those who help
seriously injured from being sued
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed
a new law Thursday to protect those who attempt to help injured
people from lawsuits. Last June, the Governor signed a law
protecting "Good Samaritans" trained in first aid by the American
Red Cross or the American Heart Association from being sued for
helping someone who is seriously injured. The law he signed Thursday
extends that same protection to people who received such training
from the National Safety Council.
"Every second counts when someone is seriously injured. Quick
thinking by Good Samaritans can prevent some injuries from becoming
more serious or even save lives," said Gov. Blagojevich. "I'm happy
to sign a law that encourages even more trained Good Samaritans to
come forward by relieving concerns that they could face lawsuits if
they help those who need it."
Sponsored by State Senator John J. Cullerton (D-Chicago) and
State Representative John A. Fritchey (D-Chicago),
Senate Bill 1195 provides that any person who is currently
certified in first aid by the American Red Cross, the American Heart
Association or the National Safety Council, and acts in good faith
to administer free first aid, is protected from being sued by the
people they are trying to help. The new provision is effective
immediately. The original law went into effect July 1, 2006.
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"With its headquarters in Illinois, the National Safety Council
is a great provider of safety training programs, and I'm glad that
people who received first-aid training through the Council will now
be protected under this law," said Sen. Cullerton.
"Fear of litigation should not prevent a certified first-aid
provider from administering care, especially in situations where
their help can mean the critical difference between life and death,"
said Rep. Fritchey.
The law includes an exception for willful and wanton misconduct
on the part of the "Good Samaritan" in providing the emergency care.
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