BILL NO. 66
1st Session, 63rd General Assembly
67 Elizabeth II, 2018
Private Member's Bill
Volunteer Services Act
First Reading: February 27, 2018
Second Reading: March 1, 2018
Third Reading: April 13, 2018 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS) (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
This Bill protects from prosecution
(a) a volunteer, who uses an automatic external defibrillator in an emergency situation to assist a person, unless the injury, illness, disease or death resulting from the use of the automatic external defibrillator was due to the volunteer's wilful misconduct or gross negligence; and
1 Chapter 497 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Volunteer Services Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 4A the following Section:
- 4B (1) A volunteer is not liable for damages incurred as a result of injury, illness, disease or death resulting from the use of an automatic external defibrillator unless it is established that the injury, illness, disease or death was caused by the gross negligence or the wilful misconduct of the volunteer and no proceeding shall be commenced against the volunteer that is not based upon the alleged gross negligence or wilful misconduct of that person.
(2) A person or organization responsible for an automatic external defibrillator is not responsible for damages incurred as a result of injury, illness, disease or death resulting from the use of the automatic external defibrillator unless it is established that the person or organization did not take reasonable steps to ensure the defibrillator was maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines and other applicable guidelines.
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