Defensive medicine in the US? Shocking!

A UK-based EMT observes C-spine immobilization routinely being done during his visit Stateside. He is angry about it:

There were some interesting responses to my last post about the treatment of a minor collision victim by firefighters. The general thought was that they immobilised the patient to prevent being sued by overzealous lawyers. In addition I was told that only doctors were able to remove the immobilisation collars, that the ambulance staff wouldn’t touch the collars.

This makes me incredibly angry.

At what point did we stop performing good medical treatment and instead treat everyone as if they are angling to make money off of us.