Presented by Drew Neckar & Bill Nesbitt | January 20, 2021, at 12 PM (ET)
Hospitals, who are no strangers to lawsuits, often overlook suits involving premises liability and intentional torts but in reality have significant exposure to litigation surrounding their provision of “adequate” or “reasonable” security measures to protect their patients, visitors, contractors, employees, and the general public. This begs the question of what is an “adequate” amount of security for a healthcare organization? Security, and healthcare security, in particular, is a situational discipline that does not lend itself to a one size fits all approach. What is a completely adequate level of security for one organization may be overkill for some and wholly inadequate for others based on the profile of the risks that they face.
Between them, the presenters have provided litigation support, to firms representing both plaintiffs and defendants, in over three hundred cases involving allegations of various aspects of inadequate security. A large percentage of these cases have included healthcare organizations as the defendants who stood accused of negligence in incidents including shootings, assaults, sexual assaults, emergency response situations, and excessive use of force by security personnel. Using real-life examples, the presenters will illustrate how healthcare security is a situational discipline and does not necessarily fit the universal precautions standard model which can be applied to medical malpractice or other facility liability cases.