This case is sending waves throughout the medical community and the people in California. There is nothing like the threat of a lawsuit to further push people away from helping in a crisis. In medicine where fear of lawsuits is the norm, there is great confusion about what the "Good Samaritan Laws" actually mean. Most of my collegues are afraid to stop at the scene of an accident and render aid for fear of being sued. The Good Samaritan Law is supposed to prevent this fear of suits but no one seems to believe that it will offer any protection. I have tried to find cases where physicians and nurses have been sued for helping at accidents or sporting events and so far have not found them. Not that they haven't occured. When I ask other physicians, everyone seems to have heard of a doc being sued but nobody has any first hand experience. I personally always try to stop and help and for the most part there is not much that I can do except hold pressure and wait for EMS but I have had to help them intubate and performed CPR.
I think it is sad enough that people would rather go their own way and not help in an emergency without the courts now opening the door to suing those that are trying to save your life.