Protection against liability for emergency medical service providers

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers must often provide medical assistance without adequate time and resources. To encourage EMS providers not to be fearful of negligence lawsuits when they provide treatment, many states have enacted laws that protect them from civil liability. However, these laws provide immunity only under certain conditions. This article describes these conditions under which the immunity statutes generally operate.

This article was published in the May/June 2010 issue of the Journal of Emergency Management.

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