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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments http://www.time.com/time/nation/artic...

What do you think? I'm torn. If I'm injured, sure, I'd want people to help me...but...

I'd also like to be able to help people if they were hurt, but I don't think I'd try to move someone.


Pamela(AllHoney) (pamelap) Its sad but I think if the situation arose I'd still help :)

message 3: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i would only move someone from an accident if they asked me to or if there were more imminent danger from staying where they were like fire, or further peril like oncoming traffic or something. i have stopped to help lots of people but i am no medic by any stretch. i think mostly a calming attitude and concern goes a very long way while waiting for real help to arrive.

Books Ring Mah Bell For the most part, don't move anyone, unless, as Kevin says above, imminent danger. And as far as that goes, don't get yourself into a situation where the paramedics have 2 victims instead of one.

(this is where I come in and encouarge everyone to take first aid classes)

The good samaritan law has certainly saved many people. I'm the type of person who will jump in and do whatever I can - it's a gut reaction for me.

That's a sad story...

message 5: by Meen (last edited Jan 15, 2009 08:27AM) (new)

Meen (meendee) | 1733 comments How do you decide what's "due care" if you're not a medical professional and haven't had a first aid class? It sounds like the friend thought she was doing the right thing. Maybe she was worried the car would catch fire or something.

message 6: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments good point mindy. i have not been in a situation where i have had to make that call.

message 7: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 777 comments It's not a good idea to move someone who is hurt, unless they are in danger of fire or something like that, because if they have a spinal cord injury, moving them is the worst thing you can do--it can make it a lot worse. A person is better off jut laying where they are until help arrives, if possible.

message 8: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24439 comments Mod
Or lying, even.

message 9: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Even. Leslie was our original Lobstergirl.

message 10: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 3473 comments My son, driving a Toyota Tacoma, was recently hit by a semi whose driver ran a red light. My son has some injuries that may be ongoing, but he's basically (amazingly) OK. The semi driver said that his light was green. A man from a nearby town saw the accident, stopped, and told the officer that he saw the accident and that my son had the green light. If you've ever been in such an accident, you know what that means. Thank God for good Samaritans. When this is all over, I'm going to thank the man personally for doing the right thing. He certainly didn't have to.

message 11: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24439 comments Mod
How scary. I'm glad your son is basically okay!

message 12: by Susan (last edited Jan 08, 2013 09:48PM) (new)

Susan | 6406 comments Yes. I am glad that your son is basically okay and that he had a witness step forward.

If there is no immediate danger, just talking calmly and reassuringly to someone can make a world of difference. I have done this and was thanked by the person when help arrived.

Félix wrote: "Even. Leslie was our original Lobstergirl."
Lobstergirl is not the original Lobstergirl?

message 13: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 3473 comments Thanks.

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