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Court Weighs Whether Immunity Law Covers Non-Medical Help

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court is weighing whether the state’s good Samaritan law should apply to individuals trying to provide non-medical help in emergencies.

The court plans to hear from both sides Tuesday in the case of a man sued after his unsuccessful efforts to free another man whose leg was pinned between a truck and a loading dock in Fairfield.

The injured man, Dennis Carter, lost his leg after the man trying to help him inadvertently caused the truck to roll back and crush the leg.

Attorneys for Larry Reese say he shouldn’t be held liable for the accident because Ohio’s good Samaritan law protects people trying to help in such circumstances.

Attorneys for Carter say the law only applies to people providing emergency medical care or treatment.