Emergency Care Law and Legal Definition

Emergency care refers to emergency medical attention given to an individual who needs it. It includes those medical services required for the immediate diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions which, if not immediately diagnosed and treated, could lead to serious physical or mental disability or death.

The following is an example of case law on emergency care:

In order to encourage people to participate in emergency medical services training programs and to render emergency medical services to others, no person who in good faith renders emergency care at the scene of an emergency shall be liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission. [Van Horn v. Watson, 45 Cal. 4th 322, 331 (Cal. 2008)].