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Immunity and Scope of Practice Issues During COVID-19

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Description

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, physicians are facing unprecedented challenges both in and outside of their practices. Some physicians may be asked to expand their scope of practice outside of their specialties to provide care for patients who have contracted COVID-19. Does this open up a physician to increased civil liability? What protections are available for physicians who are treating patients during a pandemic?

Gordon Ownby, General Counsel, CAP, and Michael Lamb, Managing Attorney, Schmid & Voiles, will discuss these critical issues and more. 

At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees will be able to: 

  • Identify the basic elements of a medical malpractice lawsuit and why scope of practice is important
  • Discuss how a physician can mitigate concerns on scope of practice during the pandemic
  • Explain the importance of additional informed consent language related to COVID-19
  • Describe the federal and state provisions for healthcare immunity during the pandemic

Contributors

  • Gordon Ownby, General Counsel, CAP

  • Michael Lamb, Managing Attorney, Schmid & Voiles

    Since 1982, Michael V. Lamb has specialized in the defense of physicians and hospitals. After working as an associate with Rushfeldt, Shelley & McCurdy for seven years, in 1989 he became a founding partner in Elliot, Lamb, Leibl & Snyder, a 17-attorney firm specializing in medical malpractice defense. As a trial attorney, Lamb has successfully defended physicians on numerous occasions in both the Superior Court and arbitration. Immediately prior to joining Schmid & Voiles in 1997, he gained insight into the plaintiff’s bar, working at Grassini & Wrinkle, where he prevailed at trial in a legal malpractice case. Mr. Lamb received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1979. Mr. Lamb received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he graduated with distinction.