Plaintiffs' Lawyers Seething Over Push To Limit COVID-19 Related Medical Liability

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April 29, 2020

Plaintiffs’ attorneys claim the health care and insurance industries are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to push for civil and criminal immunity, according to a report in Law 360. While their narrative is that coronavirus-related liability protection would allow someone to “remove the wrong limb or operate on the wrong side of the body,” the reality is these temporary measures are aimed at getting health care professionals on the front lines to fight the pandemic and still allow cases involving gross negligence to move forward.

"It's unfortunate to suggest a political or agenda motive behind passing protections for front-line providers who are risking their lives to treat patients in an environment that we haven't seen in this country since 1918," defense attorney Andrew S. Bolin of Bolin Law Group said, referring to the Spanish flu pandemic. "This is about providing protection for front-line providers who don't need the threat of litigation hanging over their heads when they are making decisions about how to best treat patients during a pandemic."

04/29/2020