‘Article on Wrongful Prolongation of Life – A Cause of Action That May Have Finally Moved Into the Mainstream, 37 Quinnipiac L Rev 167′

“… Historically, physicians were able to act with impunity concerning end-of-life decisions because the courts did not recognize an action for wrongful prolongation of life. Many in the medical community believed that if ‘you do intervene and you shouldn’t have, the worst that will happen is that the patient will live a little longer and that you’ll never be held accountable if you keep the patient from dying’.  This attitude is undergoing a metamorphosis as an increasing number of patients who have signed DNR orders are suing or subjecting medical providers to disciplinary proceedings for saving their lives …” (more)

[Wills, Trusts and Estates Prof Blog, 12 July]

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