Most of the time, whether or not you choose to help a person who is in trouble is completely at your discretion. If you have the ability and can safely render aid, you may decide to help a person who is stuck on the side of the road or facing some other form of danger or trouble. However, is there ever a time when you could be sued if you fail to render aid to a person in need?

The answer is – it is highly unlikely. But we will look at a couple of circumstances where this is the case.

When To Render Aid Is Your Duty

According to California state law, there are only a couple of occasions when you are in obligation to help a person.

  1. If you caused the person to be in danger – If you are involved in a car accident with someone, and they seem injured, call 911 and stay with the person until help arrives. Leaving a person that you have caused harm to, even inadvertently, could result in a lawsuit. What if you thought the injuries were minor, but the person died from internal bleeding after you left? You could be open both to a wrongful death suit and criminal charges.
  2. If you have a special relationship with the person – For example, if a teacher sees a student in distress (e. threatening to jump off a bridge) and doesn’t stop to render aid or at least call for help, it may be possible for a family member of the student to sue the teacher for negligence.

Protecting Yourself from Negligence After Failing To Render Aid

To learn more about how to protect yourself from a negligence suit or to discuss your situation with a personal injury attorney, contact Petrov Personal Injury Lawyers today. Our experienced personal injury attorneys in Vista, CA can give you the assistance you need to understand negligence cases in the state of California.

Contact the North County Personal Injury Lawyers at Petrov Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today

For more information, please contact the Vista personal injury law firm of Petrov Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation today.

We serve in North County, CA and its surrounding areas:

Petrov Personal Injury Lawyers – Vista, CA Office
380 S Melrose Dr. Ste. 201
Vista, CA 92081

(619) 344-0360

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702 Civic Center Drive Ste. 105
Oceanside, CA, 92054

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