Local Nurse Working to Make Changes in a Law After Helping a Stranger

Updated: 06/29/2014 10:53 PM
Created: 06/29/2014 9:47 PM KAALtv.com
By: Meghan Reistad

(ABC 6 News) -- Lauren Radziejewski, a nurse practitioner, was on the way to the airport on the morning of April 25th.

“A terrible accident happened in front of me, just feet from my car,” said Radziejewski.

She was the first person to make contact with those are the scene, assisting until medical crews arrived.

“I just held his head to stabilize his spine,” she said. “I was covered in blood, my hands were completely saturated... then I realized that I had all these little nicks on my hands that were also bleeding.”

With direct contact to one of the victim’s blood, she went to the hospital to have the blood evaluated. Just a few weeks ago, she got a bill for more than 900 dollars from her visit to Regions Hospital.

“They looked through the statute and said, ‘nope you’re liable.’ My contention is that it’s just not the right thing to do,” said Radziejewski.

The Good Samaritan Law requires that, within reason, bystanders assist others when needed. It also protects good Samaritans from liability. However, the law does not protect them from medical expenses if they are needed, after they help.

 “I guess the system is essentially penalizing me for doing the right thing,” said Radziejewski.

Radziejewski’s health insurance covered around half the cost. She does not regret helping, but said something still needs to be done.

“I would absolutely do it again, regardless of the financial expense, because it’s what I do. Human life is the most important thing; the money can be sorted out,” said Radziejewski.

Lauren Radziejewski, a nurse practitioner, was on the way to the airport on the morning of April 25th when she witnessed an accident and helped out a stranger. Now, she is working towards making some changes in the Good Samaritan Law.

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