§61-2-27a. Required reporting of burns.
(a) Any health care provider who examines or renders medical
treatment to a person suffering from an injury caused by a burn
resulting from fire or a chemical, where the circumstances under
which the examination is made or treatment is rendered, or where
the condition of the injury gives the health care provider
reasonable cause to suspect that the injury occurred during the
commission, or attempted commission, of an arson as defined in
article three of this chapter, shall report the same to the office
of the state fire marshal. A written report shall be made by the
provider, or by an employee or agent of the provider at the
direction of the provider, to the office of the state fire marshal
within forty-eight hours after the initial report: Provided,
where two or more health care providers participate in the
examination or treatment of such injury, the obligation to report
imposed by this section applies only to the attending physician or,
if none, to the person primarily responsible for providing medical
treatment for the injury.
(b) Any health care provider who in good faith makes or causes
to be made a report pursuant to subsection (a) of this section is
immune from any civil liability which may otherwise arise as the
result of making such report.
(c) Within available funding and as may be determined
necessary by the state fire marshal, the state fire marshal shall
conduct educational programs for persons required to report
injuries under this section.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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