Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 month ago

Is it true that you can be charged for not rendering aid to someone?

If someone is just walking down the street and suddenly clutches their chest and collapses. Is a random stranger obligated to help them? Will they get in trouble if they just walk past?

What if something bad is happening to someone and it might put your life in danger if you helped?


If someone in your presence, started choking on food and because you did not intervene in any way, they choked to death. Would you have committed a crime by not assisting them?

What if you're afraid to help because you don't have a medical background & feel like you might injure a person even more?

5 Answers

  • 1 month ago
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    If it would cause you to be in danger I would say do not attempt to help. I've seen it many times before. The classic example is someone is drowning and someone tries to save them and ends up drowning themself. In certain circumstances you could cause more harm than good. That being said you should at least call for help. Yes you could be in trouble for just out right ignoring them.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes.  Doing something/failing to do something = the same thing.

  • 1 month ago

    In MOST cases, the opposite is closer to accurate. Laws have actually been passed to protect people from being sued for attempting to render aid. If a law was enacted attempting to require someone not specifically trained to render aid, it would most certainly be challenged in court, and likely fail on the grounds the person failing to render aid could just as easily cause additional harm.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    some other countries, and a few U.S. States do have such laws with limitations ,Wisconsin, Minnesota, Rhode Island, California, Florida . Other states that have similar statutes include Ohio, Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, and Washington.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In certain situations, you are obligated to provide help if it's an emergency and there is no reasonable threat to your safety by helping or intervening.

    The problem is it's such a massive gray area on what dictates reasonable that no one will ever be able to come up with a definition or put it on paper

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