(CBS) – Some people hesitate to perform life-saving CPR for fear they might get into legal trouble, but a new study finds that fear is unfounded.
Every state has “Good Samaritan” laws, which provide legal protection for anyone who gives reasonable assistance to others in peril, but many people still hesitate to jump into action, worried that they will be legally liable if the outcome is bad.READ MORE: More Than 490,000 Lose Power As Nor'easter Hits MassachusettsBaker Open To Supporting 'Premium Pay' Bonuses Of Up To $2,000 For Massachusetts Essential Workers
A team led by an emergency medicine physician at the University of Florida reviewed 30 years’ worth of legal cases involving CPR and found only a few legal cases brought against people who had performed CPR. There were many more cases filed when someone failed to attempt the life-saving measures.MORE NEWS: Family Of Young Brain Cancer Survivor Speaks On Interaction With Tom Brady: 'It Was Crazy, I Didn’t Believe It'
The researchers hope this reassuring news will prompt more people who know how to perform CPR to actually do it.