WEST virginia legislature
2017 regular session
Senate Bill 497
Senators Stollings, Takubo, Plymale, Maroney and Facemire, original sponsors
[Passed March 31, 2017; in effect 90 days from passage]
AN ACT to amend and reenact §55-7-19 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to liability for health care providers who provide services at school athletic events; providing that persons licensed, certified or registered in this state or another state to provide health care or professional health care services are subject to limited liability if they render emergency care or treatment at a public or private elementary or secondary school athletic event; outlining circumstances under which liability can be limited; eliminating provisions limiting liability to the extent of insurance coverage; eliminating reference to standard of care in medical professional liability act; and establishing that acts of willful misconduct are not subject to limited liability.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §55-7-19 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. ACTIONS FOR INJURIES.
§55-7-19. Liability of health care providers who render services at school athletic events; limiting liability; exceptions.
(a) Any person licensed by, or certified or registered in, this state or another state to provide health care or professional health care services: (1) Who is in attendance at an athletic event sponsored by a public or private elementary or secondary school; and (2) who gratuitously and in good faith agrees to render emergency care or treatment to any participant during the event in connection with an emergency arising during or as the result of the event, without objection of the participant, may not be held liable for any civil damages as a result of the care or treatment, or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment.
(b) The limitation of liability established by the provisions of this section does not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross negligence or willful misconduct. For purposes of this section, the term “athletic event” includes scheduled practices for any athletic event.