Personal Injury - Third Party Liability
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Although this case did not occur in Rhode Island and was not handled by the Karns & Kerrison, we found it interesting and wanted to share it with our readers here on the blog.
The firefighter's rule bars recovery to a police officer, firefighter or EMT injured in the course of his or her employment.
A negligence suit filed by an off-duty EMT and firefighter who was injured when she stopped to help the defendants after a car accident is not barred by the firefighter's rule, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled.
Although the EMT stopped to render assistance as a paramedic, she was off duty at the time and not in the course of her employment. She was considered like any other citizen and can sue the vehicle that struck her when she stopped to render assistance.
This is the law in Rhode Island, if the public employee is injured by the event that summonsed the public employee to the area then there is no liability. In this case there is third party liability because the event did not cause the public employee to be there as she was off duty.