Emergency Response:

§ 31-11-8 – Liability of persons rendering emergency care; liability of physicians advising ambulance service pursuant to Code Section 31-11-50; limitation to gratuitous services.

O.C.G.A. 31-11-8 (2010)
31-11-8. Liability of persons rendering emergency care; liability of physicians advising ambulance service pursuant to Code Section 31-11-50; limitation to gratuitous services.

(a) Any person, including agents and employees, who is licensed to furnish ambulance service and who in good faith renders emergency care to a person who is a victim of an accident or emergency shall not be liable for any civil damages to such victim as a result of any act or omission by such person in rendering such emergency care to such victim.

(b) A physician shall not be civilly liable for damages resulting from that physician’s acting as medical adviser to an ambulance service, pursuant to Code Section 31-11-50, if those damages are not a result of that physician’s willful and wanton negligence.

(c) The immunity provided in this Code section shall apply only to those persons who perform the aforesaid emergency services for no remuneration.

Automatic External Defibrillator:

Senate Bill 51 (2001)*
The person or entity who acquires an AED must:

  1. Notify an agent of the emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location and type of AED.
  2. Ensure that any expected AED users receive American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or other equivalent training in CPR and AED use.
  3. Ensure that the AED is properly maintained and tested according to its manufacturer’s guidelines.
  4. Ensure that any person who renders emergency care with the AED notifies the emergency medical service system as well as the authorized person responsible for monitoring compliance with the program
  5. Ensure that an authorized person is involved to enforce compliance with the AED program.

* Offers immunity from civil liability for lay rescuers who use AEDs in good faith, owners or operators of any premises who provide AEDs, and any trainers or supervisors of AED programs.