Legal Briefing: Crisis Standards of Care and Legal Protections During Disasters and Emergencies

Journal of Clinical Ethics, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 358-367, Winter 2010

Posted: 6 Apr 2011 Last revised: 1 Jul 2014

Thaddeus Mason Pope

Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Queensland University of Technology - Australian Health Law Research Center; Saint Georges University; Alden March Bioethics Institute

Mitch F. Palazzo

Independent

Date Written: January 1, 2010

Abstract

Since 2009, Professor Pope has authored a quarterly "Legal Briefing" column for the Journal of Clinical Ethics. Each briefing comprehensively reviews legal developments concerning a particular issue in clinical bioethics. The Journal of Clinical Ethics owns the exclusive copyright to distribute the full-text content.

This article outlines current safe harbors in the law for healthcare practitioners who work in a disaster setting. It reviews available legal protection in crisis situations with respect to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), criminal liability, and licensure.

Keywords: healthcare practitioners, liability, licensure, emergencies, disasters

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Pope, Thaddeus Mason and Palazzo, Mitch F., Legal Briefing: Crisis Standards of Care and Legal Protections During Disasters and Emergencies (January 1, 2010). Journal of Clinical Ethics, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 358-367, Winter 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1803381

Thaddeus Mason Pope (Contact Author)

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

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Queensland University of Technology - Australian Health Law Research Center ( email )

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Saint Georges University ( email )

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Alden March Bioethics Institute ( email )

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MC 153
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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Mitch F. Palazzo

Independent ( email )

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