Potential first-aiders can be afraid to adminster CPR, over fear of being sued for damages (ref 1, ref 2 "many people are put off [..] for fear of [..] getting sued").

Have there been such cases of people in the USA receiving CPR and suing the first aider who administered CPR? If so, what was the outcome?

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    this is a commonly heard claim, anyone taking a cpr class will hear this claim. – Himarm Jan 14 '15 at 22:29
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    Welcome to Skeptics! You mention "several reports". Please provide some references to places where this claim is being made. This question, in particular, needs a jurisdiction, to make it answerable. I'm concerned this question is dangerous. Most jurisdictions have "Good Samaritan" laws to avoid people being scared and taking no action, but we need a jurisdiction to prove that. – Oddthinking Jan 14 '15 at 22:31
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    @Himarm: No, I heard the precise opposite. Also, you are taught to give CPR to a person capable of speaking? I need a reference for that one! – Oddthinking Jan 14 '15 at 22:32
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    I conclude we really do need a jurisdiction to answer this question. My local laws do not require any certification. – Oddthinking Jan 14 '15 at 23:00
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    @Wilfred: Neither of your references claim that people have been sued. One explains that Good Samaritan laws exist in the US. The other says "no one has ever been successfully sued in the UK for carrying out CPR". Both claim some people are afraid. If you doubt any of those claims, we can investigate. But an open-ended claim of anyone, anywhere, is unanswerable. – Oddthinking Jan 14 '15 at 23:18

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