Who encourages these unreasonable expectations? Frequently, we do.
Jamie Davis makes some important points about how we may be able to decrease these law suits. The story begins at 7:15 of the podcast, but listen to/watch the whole podcast.
There is a commercial for an insurance company that has the insurance agents magically appearing at the side of the insured person and then, just as magically, transporting the insured person away from whatever danger the person had gotten himself into.
Should we be encouraging people to expect magic?
EMS person come help!
A number of cars went into Rock Creek on Sept. 12, when Dillon Road washed out. Roy Ortiz, who was among those rescued from their vehicles, could sue emergency responders claiming they did not rescue him quickly enough. ( David R. Jennings )
Should EMS have shown up, disregarded procedures that are based on what happens when rescuers rush in and end up needing to be rescued?
We cannot help if we are in need of rescuing. Other rescuers cannot help if they are busy trying to rescue us.
No plan survives first contact intact, but that does not mean that we should rush in recklessly.
What would be the expectations in your community?
If your community is like mine, the expectation is –
EMS person come help!
The document claims first responders, . . . , failed to see Ortiz was trapped in the car, and that he ended up spending two hours submerged in Rock Creek until he was rescued.
In the document, Ferszt stated Ortiz survived “by pure grace.”
He blames everyone else for getting him in to trouble, but when they get him out, he does not give his rescuers any credit. He sues all of the rescuers involved. Magical thinking is something we ought to discourage.
The article does not mention whether a backboard was used appropriately as an extrication device or whether the patient remained on the extrication board and it became a magic transportation board. Our patients are not the only one who use magical thinking.
 Broomfield man rescued from Rock Creek during September floods could sue his rescuers
By Megan Quinn, Enterprise Staff Writer
Posted: 03/05/2014 11:52:53 AM MST UPDATED: 13 DAYS AGO