patrick wilson (pwilson@CORIMAGE.COM)
Thu, 15 Jun 1995 17:20:32 PST
In California, if I were to inject someone with my Epi-Pen, I have
just administered a prescription drug without a license. May be the
right first aid treatment for anaphylaxic shock, but it's also a
criminal act by law, regardless of the outcome of the victim.
The victim has no say over the charge, since it's a crime against the
I have no say in the matter. I have no influence over the law. It's
all in the DA's choice as whether to follow the spirit of the law and
let it go or the letter of the law and press charges and the judge is
responsible for interpreting the law.
I personally don't plan on any of the boys in my care not coming home
from an outing. I will make my decisions based on the situation and
knowing the consequences of my actions.
:> Patrick Wilson PWILSON@CORIMAGE.COM <:
:> Committee Chairman I use to be a Beaver.... <:
:> Troop 92, Milpitas, CA WE3-55-87 <:
:> Santa Clara Co. Council |>>>---->| WWW1980 <:
______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________
Subject: Re: Re: burns
Author: SCOUTS-L Youth Groups Discussion List <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU> at
Date: 6/15/95 10:29 AM
On Tue, 13 Jun 1995, patrick wilson wrote:
> I agree with this... Another thing to keep in mind is how you are
> protected by the "Good Samaritan" law in the state where the incident
> takes place. Unless you are a medical professional acting in that
> capacity, you are a "Good Samaritan" and these laws are your only
> protection against civil liability and or criminal prosacution.
I like to think that I'm as paranoid as the next person, but I'm wondering
whether anyone has an example of _criminal_ charges being brought against
someone for sloppy first aid. No examples of civil liability needed (I
thoroughly understand greed as a motive for action), but I wonder whether
public officials will prosecute "samaritan" activities.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City