No good deed goes unpunished

In a truly dangerous ruling, the Calfornia Supreme Court has ruled that California’s Good Samaritan law, intended to protect good-faith rescuers from liability, applies only to medical professionals.  Any ordinary person who sees an accident in California (or a drowning child, an injured hiker, etc.) is now on notice not to get involved.

In the specific case, a woman who pulled another woman from a car was sued for injuries the latter woman incurred in the rescue.  The rescuer alleged that the car was at risk of explosion, which the plaintiff contested, but the decision did not rely on any finding of fact in regard to that.

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