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The legal issues topic contains news and information about legal issues affecting EMS personnel, agencies or departments. Find the latest news from personnel misconduct, to disciplinary and harassment cases, to malpractice lawsuits, as well as advice to prevent legal action with EMS training, documentation and management.

Offering educational options versus punitive responses can make all the difference
Identify and conquer the fight-or-flight response with these four simple steps
EMS Attorney David Givot clears up misconceptions about the law and EMS provider rights
Suspect is accused of stabbing an EMT multiple times in 2019 during a wellness check transport
Former Aurora Paramedic Peter Cichuniec was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of five years in prison
Newport News first responders had not followed protocols and incorrectly declared Quandrell Williams dead
Workers in the funeral home immediately started CPR but the woman died later at a hospital
Dispatcher Leon Price repeatedly asked the patient’s daughter whether the patient would be willing to be transported; she died a day later
Undocumented, unathorized expenditures and inadequate financial record-keeping some of the 10 findings inside the Plains Volunteer Ambulance Relief Association
HEMSI stated it will not appeal the decision on the 2019 incident
Captain Jeffrey Little removed the flags from three stations and asked to be exempt from having to raise them
Tyler Wenrich, VP of operations at Emergency Services Solutions Inc. had spent three weeks in prison
Uvalde families file suit against nearly 100 state police officers following a report that listed “cascading failures” in training, communication, leadership and technology problems
Two Catskill EMS employees have resigned after a doorbell video showed their treatment of a patient who had fallen inside an ambulance
A group of EMS advocates are working to enact a passage of reforms called “Rescue EMS” that would make EMS an “essential” service under the law
Kelly Grayson: “Paramedics save lives, EMTs save paramedics"; championing the role of EMTs
Jeff Davis County EMS Chief Peggy Fonseca was escorted out of the courthouse over what she called a “witch hunt” about staffing and leadership
Learn how ATCEMS identified EMS training goals and implemented an assault reporting function to protect providers from violence
A Maryland paramedic recounts a patient assault, and the emergency services director and police chief detail legal options
In the spirit of today’s theme, we express our heartfelt gratitude to the remarkable members of the EMS community who go beyond the call every shift
Dive into a curated collection of must-read public safety books, from thrilling accounts and leadership lessons from the front lines, to read-aloud children’s favorites
Report and commentary from the North Carolina EMS Expo 2024
Inspiring ways to recognize providers’ contributions, educate the community and recruit the next generation
5 ways to motivate the unmotivated, and to help those floundering to flourish
Zavadsky details the potential changes to the MedStar system and his new position with the PWW Advisory Group
New labor regulations will increase the salary threshold for overtime exemptions – Steve Wirth shares how this impacts EMS roles
The investigation determined the Springfield Township assistant chief did not adequately investigate the incident
An investigation is underway into how the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department had funds stolen during the purchase of ambulances
Investigators determined officers in the ambulance were observers and medics were in charge