So I posted my weekly question about whether or not you should sue a good samaritan for trying to help if their efforts don't turn out so well. I got a comment on that post that struck me as a very compelling question in and of itself so I thought I would turn that back around and ask that very question as another 'weekly question'.
Imagine that you were there standing by when someone was in need of help and you decided that it was either too dangerous to help or you were too concerned about the consequences of trying to help should it not work out. Now, as in the case of suing the person who did try to help, should you not then be liable to being sued for not trying to help when you could have?
This, to me, is a very interesting question as it gets at the root of your motivations for wanting to help someone. If you are able to override your initial concerns over risk to life and limb, and the potential danger of litigation should the person not appreciate your efforts, well then your motivation must be pure. If you are not able to do this and you stand by and watch them die or be gravely injured then it seems like your motivations are also made clear.
What do you think?