§61-2-27. Required reporting of gunshot and other wounds.
(a) Any medical provider who provides medical treatment to a
person suffering from a wound caused by a gunshot or a knife or
other sharp or pointed instrument, under circumstances which would
lead a reasonable person to believe resulted from a violation of
the criminal laws of this state, shall report the same to a
law-enforcement agency located within the county within which such
wound is treated. The report shall be made initially by telephone
and shall be followed by a written report delivered to such agency
within forty-eight hours following the initial report: Provided,
That where two or more persons participate in the medical treatment
of such wound, the obligation to report imposed by this section
shall apply only to the attending physician or, if none, to the
person primarily responsible for providing the medical treatment.
(b) Any medical provider person who in good faith reports a
wound described in subsection (a) of this section shall be immune
from any civil liability which may otherwise result solely from
reporting the same.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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