Hospitality Law Conference Sneak Preview: Medical Emergencies

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The Tenth Annual 2012 Hospitality Law Conference, which will be held Febuary 8-10, in Houston, offers up to 17.0 hours (including 1.0 hour of ethics) of CLE, CPE, and HRCI recertification hours. For more information, please visit www.hospitalitylawconference.com.

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Hospitality Law Conference Sneak Preview: Medical Emergencies

  1. 1. MEDICAL EMERGENCIES AT YOUR HOTEL, RESTAURANT OR BUSINESS AN ANALYSIS OF DUTY, RISK AND LIABILITY
  2. 2. Presenters <ul><li>Click to add photo </li></ul><ul><li>JERRY D. HAMILTON, ESQ. </li></ul><ul><li>Founding managing shareholder of Hamilton Miller & Birthisel, LLP, a Martindale Hubbell AV rated law firm. </li></ul><ul><li>Florida Board Certified litigator who has been named by the South Florida Business Journal as the BEST OF THE BAR in litigation. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized by Law & Politics as a Florida Super Lawyer every year since 2006, and named as one of Chartis ’ Insurance Top Ten Lawyers in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Practice dedicated to litigation, including, admiralty and maritime claims, hospitality law claims, transportation, personal injury defense, property and casualty, commercial litigation, medical and professional malpractice, products liability, and mass torts. </li></ul><ul><li>www.hamiltonmillerlaw.com </li></ul>
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Proliferation of lawsuits premised on allegedly inadequate responses to medical emergencies </li></ul><ul><li>Filed against hotels, resorts, restaurants, spas, gyms, sports clubs, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>High exposure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involve death or serious disability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very high potential medical and economic damages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong emotional component </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jury sympathy </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. INTRODUCTION (cont) <ul><li>Lawsuits very costly to defend </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Numerous fact, medical, and expert witnesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can span many years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Complicated medical issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Causation and damages </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. INTRODUCTION (cont) <ul><li>Effective Preparation and Risk Management is Key </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To ensure reasonable responses to emergencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent claims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent claims from becoming lawsuits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase likelihood of summary adjudication in event of lawsuit </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. INTRODUCTION (cont) <ul><li>Jurisprudence is instructive. </li></ul><ul><li>Restatement (Second) of Torts and Court decisions provide insight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to prepare for medical emergencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to respond </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How much is too much </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preservation of evidence </li></ul></ul>

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