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Photo: Monkey Business Images (Shutterstock) Broadly speaking, Good Samaritan laws give legal protections to people who assist someone who is hurt, sick, or incapacitated. These types of laws exist in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. They even exist in the airspace over the country, so no doctor or well-intentioned and qualified person has to think twice about offering aid to someone in need, even on an airplane when it’s not totally clear where they are, geographically. That’s important because Good Samaritan laws and their protections vary state to state. While the whole point of these laws is to make sure no one ever decides against helping someone in peril because they don’t want to face legal consequences, there are still a few things to consider depending on where you live. Here is a handy list of the laws in each state . Learn these things—and the laws specific to your area—now so you’re not trying to figure them out the next time you encounter an emergency. When do Good Samaritan laws come into play? There are a few scenarios that spring to mind when we discuss Good Samaritan laws. In all 50 states and D.C., for instance, the laws exempt people from liability when using automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, in an emergency. Basically, if someone needs the AED used on them and it falls on you but your efforts don’t work or aren’t perfectly executed, you can’t get sued or be held liable. The fear of being […]