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 […]

Long Beach Civil Service Board to Hear Appeal of Officer Fired for Excessive Force

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in EMS Industry News
Long Beach Civil Service Board to Hear Appeal of Officer Fired for Excessive Force

Long Beach Civil Service Board to Hear Appeal of Officer Fired for Excessive Force Decorated veteran Long Beach Police Officer was fired despite City Attorney’s declaration to the media that the investigation concluded no wrong-doing. Long Beach, October 2, 2015:  Veteran Long Beach Police officer, John Gibbs, was fired in 2013 after a video showed […]

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 […]

Does a Dispatch Error Violate the Constitution?

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in EMS Industry News
Does a Dispatch Error Violate the Constitution?

  In the News: A judge in Pennsylvania must decide if a lawsuit against Luzerne County can proceed in federal court after an attorney sued and argued that Luzerne County 911 violated the woman’s constitutional rights when it dispatched firefighters to the wrong address. The county says the constitution does not provide for a right to […]

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 […]