The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a young woman who attempted to save a co-worker from a crashed car is not immune from being sued. No more ‘Good Samaritan’ laws in California. Read a about it below.

On Thursday, the California Supreme Court ruled that Lisa Torti could be sued for attempting to save her coworker, Alexandra Van Horn after pulling her from a car that had crashed after they had been out partying on Halloween 2004. The lawsuit claimed that Torti had worsened Van Horn’s injuries when she ‘yanked her like a rag doll’ to get her out of the vehicle, leaving her a paraplegic.

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a young woman who pulled a co-worker from a crashed vehicle isn’t immune from civil liability because the care she rendered wasn’t medical.

The divided high court appeared to signal that rescue efforts are the responsibility of trained professionals. It was also thought to be the first ruling by the court that someone who intervened in an accident in good faith could be sued.

Now, we have to take into account that many people don’t have common sense. As a friend of mine says, ‘common sense isn’t common’. Still, we like to think that people who are attempting to save someone who is injured do their best to make the situation better rather than worse. Obviously, that’s not always the case. But if I’m in a burning vehicle, please try to pull me out of it instead of letting me burn while everyone waits for the authorities to get there.

This seems to be part of the mindset of many. That being that its better for us to sit and wait for the ‘government’ will take care of us rather than learn to take care of ourselves. In fact, I think that’s one of the basic differences between the way the political right and left think.

Personally, I’d rather take care of myself than wait on the largest bureaucracy in the world to work its way around to me.




Art source: The Good Samaritan, George Frederick Watts RA (1817-1904). Painted in 1852 and is at the City Art Gallery, Manchester, England. Captioned: “This is an early picture, painted in the year 1852 and presented to the city of Manchester by the artist in honour of the prison philanthropist, a native of that city.”