We are pleased to announce that Barry N. Feldman, PhD has joined our panel of experts. Dr. Feldman is a nationally recognized educator, trainer, researcher, and clinical expert in the field of suicide intervention and prevention. He specializes in suicide-related training, critical incident response, and crisis stabilization services for schools, military, law enforcement, emergency medical responders, healthcare providers, veterinary medical practitioners, and other professionals.
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the health, economies, and even political stability of nations, cities and towns across the globe. In America, it is also causing a growing wave of litigation that will likely go on longer than the pandemic itself. Lawsuits will emerge from virtually every corner of our society and will involve a wide range of businesses, many state and local governments, and a broad cross section of our population. Governments will endeavor to protect businesses (see
If you’re a Star Trek fan (is there anyone who isn’t a Star Trek fan?), you’ve probably already seen this. But just in case you haven’t:
If that headline made you blink, don’t worry – you read it correctly, and it accurately states what happened. The case is Markel v. Douglas Technologies Group, https://ecf.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/20/08/192637P.pdf (8th Cir.
Every conceivable segment of our lives has been impacted by COVID-19 and by our responses to it. In an effort to reduce the possibility of being exposed to the virus by touching an unsanitized surface and then touching your face (which you’re not supposed to do anyway), we’ve adopted hand sanitizers as a staple of our daily lives. But are they in fact effective in reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19?
Let me begin with a disclaimer.
Jeff Catalano, a longtime client of ours, is one of Massachusetts’s leading medical malpractice / products liability / personal injury attorneys. He recently wrote this article for his firm’s occasional email newsletter, and he has graciously consented to our request to reprint it here.
One Important Immunity Achieved: Healthcare Providers from Lawsuits
By Jeffrey N. Catalano
“What exactly is a medical toxicologist?” I have been asked this question by physicians and attorneys alike. The technical answer is that medical toxicology is a subspecialty officially recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The American College of Medical Toxicology defines it as the field of medicine dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of poisoned and envenomated patients. This includes the adverse health effects of medications, occupational and environmental toxins, and biological agents.
(Dr. Stephen Thornton is board certified in emergency medicine and medical toxicology and is one of Vident Partners’ leading experts in those fields. For more information about him, see https://www.videntpartners.com/blog/2020/emergency-medicine-medical-toxicology-expert-witness.)