Caught on video: Are they liable for their ‘patient’s’ death?

Four hours after an EMS crew released Paul Tarashuk, he was struck and killed by a vehicle; David Givot breaks down issues of patient abandonment, negligence and responsibility


Update: The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has concluded its investigation into the actions of first responders after Paul Tarashuk was struck and killed by a vehicle after being released by EMS. Read the updates here

If Jussie Smollett and Nicholas Sandmann have taught us anything, it’s to put away the torches and pitchforks until we have considered all of the facts and circumstances; not just react to the perception or the commentary or an inflammatory video presented without context.

The videos of the Orangeburg County, South Carolina, EMS crew managing a non-verbal individual at the side of the road, is – to say the least – not flattering. Four hours after the EMS crew released Paul Tarashuk, he was hit and killed by a car.

This case study warrants significant thought and consideration before any morality mob takes to the street casting judgment on these providers and suggesting that they are somehow responsible for the man’s death; that they should be fired; that their lives should be ruined.

Let’s walk through the facts.

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