For Today in Outrage we go to Elk Grove, California where one man is paying the price for a good deed. Derrick Deanda was driving down the street in his home town when he witnessed a van rollover and crash. He immediately pulled up to the crashed vehicle and saw a man holding an infant next to his two other children trapped inside. So Deanda HULKED out, jumping from his own car and smashing the window glass of the wreck to save the family. USA! USA! USA!
He punched a window now he wants to punch a wall.
The hero told local reporters; “I pulled up right as it happened. There was a guy standing inside the van, because it was on its side, holding a 2 year-old infant.”
Once they were out of the van he waited with the rescued family for the paramedics to arrive. That was a costly mistake. Since he PUNCHED the window with his hand he had a small cut. So the paramedics spoke with him for a few moments, checking his pulse and giving him a bottle of water. That’s it. Yet several weeks later the man got a bill in the mail from the Cosumnes Community Services District for a $143 first responder fee! Financially it would have been better for him to NOT help the family and videotape the crash and sell it to the news like Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler.
It pays to film victims not help them!
The lesson here is unless it is a life and death situation NEVER EVER go near an ambulance or a hospital. It’s like accidently touching a money sucking machine. Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin says that his team billed the Good Samaritan once he became a patient. "We're obligated to provide the same level of service, the same billing the same everything, for every patient we encounter."
McLaughlin adds that he would like to see the fee waved and that there is a process to appeal the bill. Good luck with that!
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t! Probably one of the greatest endings to a beloved sitcom in television history was that of Seinfeld where the gang breaks the Good Samaritan Law by failing to help and mocking a mugging victim. They are arrested for a “duty to rescue” violation where bystanders are supposed to help victims in such a situation. In the state of California there is a good Samaritan Law that while it does not compel people to help victims, it protects them from being liable for damages.
California Health and Safety Code Section 1799.102 says, “No person who in good faith, and not for compensation, renders emergency medical or nonmedical care at the scene of an emergency shall be liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission.”
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