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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.

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
Jeff Davis County EMS Chief Peggy Fonseca was escorted out of the courthouse over what she called a “witch hunt” about staffing and leadership
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
New labor regulations will increase the salary threshold for overtime exemptions – Steve Wirth shares how this impacts EMS roles
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
Independent pathologist concluded that the bruises on Jameek Lowery’s face, fractures to his fingers were the result of “blunt force trauma”
Easton Emergency Squad officials announced the hiring of 40 news staff, including an operations manager
Stories about patients stealing ambulances are common, so here’s how you can protect your vehicle
Are you genuinely open to changes to the status quo?
DEA proposal would make marijuana a Schedule III drug but not make it legal for recreational use
Cabell County medics were inside a house treating a patient when the man jumped into their rig and drove off
Former paramedic Jeremy Cooper faced up to three years in prison after being found guilty of criminally negligent homicide
Regardless of pushback, providers have a responsibility to put the safety of the patient above all else when on scene
At least 94 people died after they were given sedatives and restrained by police from 2012 through 2021, according to the Associated Press
An AP investigation shows how a strategy intended to reduce violence and save lives has resulted in avoidable deaths
EMT Chastian McWhorter, 26, was killed on April 1 after the ambulance he was in crashed into a semi-truck
Tyler Wenrich, VP of operations at Emergency Services Solutions Inc., was going through a security checkpoint after traveling to Grand Turk on a cruise ship when it was discovered he had ammo
Suit claims that the Air Methods pilot did not do a reconnaissance of the landing zone and flew into power lines
Wethersfield officials, EMS association are at odds over the proposed replacement of Aetna Ambulance
Paramedics placed a backboard on the victim and an officer sat on it while they tried to restrain him
The former Gilbertsville ambulance service chief of operations admitted to using company credit cards for personal purchases
Do you agree with cohost Chris Cebollero that progressive discipline is “antiquated” and should be phased out?
Independent autopsy of Jameek Lowery counters the state’s cause of death due to cardiac arrest while under the influence of bath salts
Live at FDIC, Better Every Shift cohost Aaron Zamzow is capturing attendees improvement strategies
A commitment to EMS excellence establishes a lasting reputation of respect, reliability and integrity