Being a Good Samaritan is praised but has it shares of risks.

Situation: A person responding to a sick or injured person.


Potential hazards:

(1) exposure to an infectious disease

(2) exposure to a toxin (inhaled, cutaneous, clothing)

(3) becoming a witness to a crime

(4) being the target of a robbery (where the apparent victim is an accomplice)

(5) liability for care provided if there is a bad outcome

(6) being involved in an accident when trying to rush the victim to a hospital

(7) caught in cross-fire if the person was shot

(8) being injured or crushed by falling or shifting debris (if responding during an earthquake)

(9) be mistaken as an assailant

(10) drowning if responding to a person in the water

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