Striking down the Ill. Public Duty Doctrine is not an attack on EMS

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016 in Articles & Columns
Striking down the Ill. Public Duty Doctrine is not an attack on EMS

In the law, there is a well-defined distinction between liability protection and immunity. In EMS, there is mostly-understood difference between incompetence and negligence. Generally, liability protection recognizes that accidents happen; immunity does not care what you do. Can you see the difference? All across the Land O’ Lincoln, EMS providers of all kinds are reacting to the Illinois […]

3 things ‘Making a Murderer’ can teach EMS about evidence protection

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Articles & Columns
3 things ‘Making a Murderer’ can teach EMS about evidence protection

Have you watched it yet? “Making a Murderer” has become a cultural phenomena that causes us all to rethink just how safe we are. Could this happen to us? While the story is extraordinary, the odds are long and against such a thing from happening to most of us. However, there are lessons for EMS providers to […]

Addiction in EMS providers: Always see the human side

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Articles & Columns
Addiction in EMS providers: Always see the human side

Addiction effects everyone. In EMS, Untreated addiction can cost you everything. Addiction touches millions of Americans and the vast majority of those affected suffer in silence. As an Attorney in defense of EMS providers, I frequently find myself face-to-face with individuals who are/were suffering seriously. I have had to learn how to help navigate addicts through various […]

Is it Time to Rethink Training?

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Articles & Columns
Is it Time to Rethink Training?

Imagine a scenario where a firefighter/paramedic, is terminated for allegedly providing patient care that was below the department’s established standards. And imagine a big question being the issue of the ongoing training firefighters/paramedics receive. Fire Chiefs frequently preach on and on about how the department is committed to providing only the best patient care; how […]

Ah, the Importance of Humility

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Articles & Columns
Ah, the Importance of Humility

I have been writing for years about EMS and how EMS providers – in my opinion – contribute to society what nobody else can or will; that being an EMS provider is the single most important job there is (certainly better for society than being a lawyer). Although much of what I write is laced […]

Documentation Can Be Better Insurance than Insurance!

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Articles & Columns
Documentation Can Be Better Insurance than Insurance!

“I must say, I am positively dumbfounded by how may providers are so vociferously resistant to a column advocating thorough, complete, and accurate documentation on non-transport calls. Actually, it is alarming.” Nevertheless, when I wrote about good documentation being the best insurance for non-transport calls, some people went crazy. When a patient is transported to […]

Raising Standards in EMS; Easier Said than Done?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Articles & Columns
Raising Standards in EMS; Easier Said than Done?

One reader thinks I went overboard with this one. I happen to respect that reader very much and I will agree that my message was hard-hitting; it may even have been [a little] on-the-nose, but the message is important and if it gets folks thinking, then my job is done. Mostly, I wanted to examine […]

Is it Time for Cameras in Ambulances?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Articles & Columns
Is it Time for Cameras in Ambulances?

There’s no doubt that it’s getting crazy out there. The ever-popular “he said, she said” complaints seem to be at an all-time high. Not because it’s true, but because it’s easy to claim misconduct where the only witness is the alleged perpetrator…and who will believe him? (or her) I think it’s time to take a […]

Critical Incidents Offer Critical Reminders

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Articles & Columns
Critical Incidents Offer Critical Reminders

April 16, 2014: In what can only be described as a horrific confluence of unfortunate timing and rotten luck, two fire apparatus’ collided enroute to an emergency call sending a multi-ton fire engine through a window and into a restaurant full of diners. More than a dozen patients were transported to the local trauma center […]

PERSPECTIVE: LASD Deputy Shoots Innocent Crime Victim

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Articles & Columns
PERSPECTIVE: LASD Deputy Shoots Innocent Crime Victim

If you know me well, you know that my job has given me good reason to be cynical, skeptical, and very critical of so many law enforcement officers. I have seen, first hand, that the only thing that separates certain cops from criminals is a badge. You will also know that, as an organization, the […]