Asked in Personal Injury for Kentucky

Q: If I see someone needing medical help and don't render aid or call 911 and they die, what will happen to me?

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Richard J. Head
Richard J. Head
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: If you are in a position where you owe them a duty, you could be sued, or perhaps prosecuted. If you owe them no duty, such as when passing a wreck that had earlier occurred, and in which you were not involved, then you will not be charged. It is the existence of the duty that controls. Sometimes, a duty comes about by virtue of a persons occupation, such as a lifeguard, or a school teacher. If that person stood by, and allowed a person in their care to be harmed, there could be both civil and criminal consequences.

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