Legal And Ethical

Boat Firm Blames Rescue Squad for Death

The manufacturer of an airboat used in a botched rescue attempt in August 2006 blames the Cornish Rescue Squad for the death of a Vermont woman.

Posted Sunday, September 30, 2007

Aid Call Details Still Public: HIPAA Law Doesn't Mean Ambulances Operate in Secret

Fire departments in Wisconsin cannot use the federal HIPAA law as a reason to withhold basic public information about ambulance calls, such as names and addresses of those who required medical help.

Posted Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hearing Explores Testing Patients for HIV Without Consent

Rep. Stephen DiNatale, D-Fitchburg, files a bill that would allow blood testing of a patient, without consent, if others are exposed.

Posted Thursday, September 27, 2007

New Board to Take Over at Southern Berks Regional Emergency Medical Services

A new board will take over at Southern Berks Regional Emergency Medical Services in wake of an ongoing state probe into financial mismanagement at the nonprofit ambulance company.

Posted Thursday, September 27, 2007

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Stowe Parents File Lawsuit Over County 911 Glitch

The parents of an infant who died during a 911 glitch that resulted in missed calls for help filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Kansas-based Embarq Corp., alleging the business was negligent when installing and maintaining the county 911 system.

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fire Districts Could Flex Land-Use Power

Whatcom County (Wash.) fire districts may soon exercise broad review powers over proposed developments, in the wake of a ruling Monday by Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder.

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fire district Wins Ruling on Growth

Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder rules in favor of the fire district, ordering the Whatcom County hearing examiner to take another look at the question of whether fire suppression and emergency medical services would be adequate to serve four proposed new developments in the Birch Bay area.

Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Response to pit bull attack is criticized

Family says paramedics took too long to get to Baltimore home of girl, 7.

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007

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Legal Insanity

With tort reform in certain states and tightening of worker s compensation laws, personal injury attorneys are looking at other targets, and EMS is coming under the crosshairs.

Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007


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