I almost posted this in a more legal-oriented subreddit but thought this
might will pop up in at least somebody’s life who’s reading this. The question is:
If you’re at a bar and somebody needs immediate resuscitation and you’re 6-8 beers in, could you be held accountable for that person’s death if you intervened and were unsuccessful in resuscitating him?
Disregard the 6-8 beers because this varies between sex and tolerance. Think more than buzzed but short of all-out drunk, which is where I find myself at 7 beers. Anyway, could I be held liable if I attempted CPR on a pulseless person in this state and they failed to achieve ROSC? The pros and cons to intervening are obvious but my initial instinct would be to help out. But now I’m scared to because 45mins after I left a well-known local bar, some poor guy had a heart attack (massive by the way) and passed away just 30 feet away from where I was sitting.
If I had been there, what should I have done? Could I be in legal jeopardy (not the actual definition) if I were to try to help but fail?
Thanks in advance for your responses!
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