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Can I sue someone whose attempt to help hurt me more?

In general, you can't sue a person who attempts to help you after you've been injured, even if in trying to help you, he or she injures you further. These rules are often called 'Good Samaritan' laws, and they serve to provide legal immunity to people who attempt to offer voluntary assistance in an emergency situation.

The protected assistance covered under this form or immunity can include attempts to administer emergency or rescue services as well as attempts to transport an injured person to a medical facility. With some exceptions, the immunity applies to individuals who have formal medical training as well as those who do not. 

One of the exceptions to the Good Samaritan rule is that ambulance drivers or drivers of other emergency vehicles do not have immunity if their own negligent driving results in injury. The other is that individuals who are not medical professionals only have immunity if they had, at the time of the attempted intervention, current certification in first aid, advanced life saving or life support from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, or from an organization deemed to be equivalent by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council. 

While it is generally unlikely that suing someone who tried to help you after an injury will yield much compensation, if any, not every case is the same. If you have been seriously injured and are seeking compensation from people who may have contributed to your injuries, you can get perspective about your situation and get your questions answered by contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area. 

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