Rhode Island law: 9 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 9-1-34.

Statute: 9 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 9-1-34.

Law Type: Good Samaritan

Status: Enacted

Enacted on: 2017-02-15

Law type: Good Samaritan

No person who gratuitously renders emergency assistance in the nature of an AED to a person in need thereof will be liable for civil damages for any personal injuries which result from acts or omissions by such persons rendering the emergency care, which may constitute ordinary negligence; provided, however, that this immunity applies only to persons who have been trained in accordance with standards promulgated by either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Property lessees and owners where the emergency assistance occurs as well as the owners of the actual life saving equipment shall enjoy immunity from liability.

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