I am working on an article for the August edition of Firehouse Magazine on the types of lawsuits that fire and EMS organizations most commonly face.
Over the past 7 months I have been entering every lawsuit and legal proceeding I can find into a database. The database has over 1,000 cases now - and I am barely scratching the surface - but its time to start crunching the numbers.
I thought it would be interesting to take a survey to find out what firefighters, EMTs and paramedics believe is the most likely type of legal proceeding that fire & EMS organizations face. For that reason - I am looking for your input!
What is the most likely type of legal proceeding facing America's fire and emergency responders? Here's a few ideas - but you are not limited to them:
Hiring discrimination (race, gender, religion, ADA, age, etc in hiring process)
Employment discrimination/harassment (race, gender, religion, ADA, age, etc in current employees)
Negligence - apparatus
Negligence - firefighting operations
Negligence - EMS
Employee discipline and discharge
Ethics/conflicts of interest
Discrimination in service delivery