By Anonymous - 04/07/2014 19:04 - Netherlands
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You possibly saved a life. That's pretty awesome, even if he didn't throw you a parade after...
#51 The Good Samaritan Law works only in the event that you don't have a "duty to act". As a lifeguard, if you are on duty, you have a duty to act and can be sued for criminal negligence if you do not do what you have to do, or if you do it incorrectly. You also CANNOT help a person who doesn't give you their consent (assuming they're in a position to do so I.e. Not unconscious or mentally incapacitated, or a child) Also, to 49, if the person said "you should have let me die" at the hospital, it's more than likely they were unconscious, in which case, consent is implied.
No good deed goes unpunished. Still, I imagine at least his family are grateful.
Although it's a possibility, it doesn't matter unless someone else there knows about the DNR and can provide a physical copy on the spot. Also, it has to be signed by a doctor, can't be expired, oh! And if that person has given someone else power of attorney, that can trump their DNR, even if it is valid. *sigh* DNRs are a nightmare for emergency responders, because of the legal implications surrounding it.