The legal repercussions of an avian flu pandemic. “Legal experts claim that hospitals could be sued for failing to admit sick patients, or for releasing them before they are fully stabilized, under a federal law which requires anyone arriving at a hospital in need of treatment to be stabilized. Although some courts might be sympathetic to the argument that the hospital was overwhelmed by a pandemic, others might not, and the possibility of such a defense might not prevent nuisance law suits and settlements.” (via Medpundit)

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  • Anonymous

    I just left my City Hospital ER at 7 am with sick patients lining the hallways, patients who arrived 10-12 hours earlier who hadn’t yet been seen, not to mention staff sick calls and several trauma expects. And we’re going to house thousands of Flu patients? In isolation Rooms? And get sued when there’s no room at the Inn?

  • Anonymous

    It is interesting that while doctors, scientists, researchers and government policy makers are preparing to save lots of lives, the trial lawyers are preparing for a strategy on how to make lots of money out of this catastrophe. One starts to wonder whether this group of professionals(trial lawyers) have any beneficial role to society or to the long term viability of the human race.Instead of sending message threats of lawsuits, this group should be helping avert an avian flu pandemic or in the case of a pandemic start organizing a system to facilitate confining the outbreak.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully the trial lawyers will be the first ones denied care (due to our fear of litigation from them) when we’re forced to ration care due to a pandemic. You think their Trial Lawyers Assocociation card will get them in the door?

  • Anonymous

    “Instead of sending message threats of lawsuits,”

    Learn to read. No one has issued any threats. One guy is quoting unnamed “legal experts” for this claim. For all we know, those “legal experts” could be you anonymice.

    These could be the same “legal experts” who predicted a rash of fast food lawsuits as well.

    A little critical thinking wouldn’t kill you guys.

  • Anonymous

    “Companies hit by massive absenteeism could also be sued for failure to provide the goods or services which they had contracted to provide.”
    Hey CJD, this sounds like a threat of a lawsuit. There’s no critical thinking needed. It’s all in black and white.

  • Anonymous

    “There’s no critical thinking needed. It’s all in black and white.”

    I have no doubt that this is your mantra.

    CJD

  • Anonymous

    Oh Cmon’ CJD; Just like I have fantasies of myself and Halle Berry on a Carribean Isle, I’m sure you’ve been having similar dreams of striking it rich by suing some hospital for being unable to handle the masses during an Avian Flu Epidemic: “They knew it was coming, yet the remained vastly understaffed”

  • Anonymous

    It reminds me of Osama Bin Laden sending messages to cells of terrorists except that there are no hidden messages. The message to the trial lawyers is explicit. “For better or for worse” there’s plenty of money for every trial lawyer.
    CJD, if you still don’t get it, I don’t blame you. You must have been in that program they call “No Law student left behind.”

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe you guys have medical degrees, much less college degrees.

    CJD

  • Anonymous

    “I can’t believe you guys have medical degrees, much less college degrees”

    Jealousy rears it’s ugly head again. If you hadn’t been so busy on Friday nights in college sewing your oats with Betty Lou behind the Piggly WIggly and had instead been studying for that chemistry exam you too could have gotten a medical degree. Sorry you’re so Jealous.