Is There a Doctor on The Plane?

During the summer travel season, I will usually get a few calls from doctor clients who have responded to a medical emergency while on an airplane.  If the patient doesn’t make it or later develops severe complications, the doctors are concerned that they may have incurred liability for providing care.   They need not worry.  Good Samaritan laws provide a shield from liability when a doctor happens upon an accident or ill person and volunteers to provide care without compensation.

Yesterday, the New York Times had a piece on just how much the airline industry actually relies on the medical community to come to the aid of fellow passengers in emergency situations.  Some doctors interviewed even pack drugs and other items and equipment so they are prepared in case they are called upon for professional assistance.

Its an interesting read so go check it out.  And pack accordingly for that trip to the beach this summer.


About Bill Cadigan

WILLIAM J. CADIGAN is principal in the Law Office of William J. Cadigan, P.C. located in Chicago, Illinois. Before starting his own firm, Bill Cadigan was a member of the Health Industry Group of the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld L.L.P.
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