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Came across a kaplan ethic question; doc on night shift going home, saw a man under a burning car, pulls him out, tries to save him, complications arose, man died. Cause of death was because of a spinal injury from moving the man from the burning car. Patient family sues for negligence.

Kaplan explanation states, the law protects docs. However, physician can still be sued. how, why, for what reason can he be sued for.
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Came across a kaplan ethic question; doc on night shift going home, saw a man under a burning car, pulls him out, tries to save him, complications arose, man died. Cause of death was because of a spinal injury from moving the man from the burning car. Patient family sues for negligence.

Kaplan explanation states, the law protects docs. However, physician can still be sued. how, why, for what reason can he be sued for.
First of all, you are not required to stop, but if you do, you could be shielded for liability, if you:

1.act within physician competence (if you are a dermatologist... )
2. only accepted procedures (nothing that's not a normal or accepted procedure)
3. stay until other medical personal takes care (paramedics)
4. take absolute NON compensation.

if you have this criteria, you are shielded, legally speaking.
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