Big Question: If you saw someone being mugged would you stop to help?

While taking a walk through an unfamiliar neighborhood, you see someone in trouble -- perhaps being mugged, or lying hurt. Do you go to his aid? Or do you mind your own business? Either way, could you be held legally liable? Curiosity contributor Diana Bocco took a look at Good Samaritan laws that are meant to address such quandaries – what they mean and how they're applied.

Good Samaritan laws are meant to protect those assisting a victim during an accident or emergency: If you help somebody during an emergency, you’re not liable if the victim dies or is further injured. The laws are meant to encourage people to offer help without fearing retaliation.

The reach and details of the Good Samaritan law vary from state to state, with some states protecting everybody offering help and some states only protecting medically-trained civilians or rescuers. Help is supposed to be offered without the expectation of financial compensation and with "good intentions."

What about entire nations? Not every country has Good Samaritan laws. In China, you could actually be punished for helping somebody. In the video below, Chef Jose Andres talks about whether wealthy nations are obligated to help the less fortunate.

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