First responders not liable for accident unless conduct was willful and wanton
In a case of first impression, the Illinois Supreme Court recently examined the bounds of the immunity provision for first responders. Plaintiff collided with an ambulance and she filed a negligence suit against the driver of the ambulance. At the time of the collision, EMS was transporting a patient to Lincoln Park Hospital on a non-emergency basis. The ambulance was not using emergency lights nor sirens. The court was left to decide whether a non-emergency transport of a patient to a facility is covered by the immunity provisions of the law. The Illinois Supreme Court determined the first responders were not civilly liable unless their acts or omissions constituted willful and wanton misconduct.