Ethical Issues In Emergency Management

Good Essays
Emergency workers are considered a special breed of humans; they are those who are willing to take extra sacrifices to potentially save the life of a total stranger. While commonly, the monetary reward for those who attempts such feats is miniscule, the act of selfless service is more than reward enough for those who are willing to answer the call. No matter how heroic one might feel the job of an emergency worker is, there is always someone who wants to rain on his or her parade. As quoted in the reading, “no good dead goes unpunished” (Fagel, M.J., 2011, p. 102), a simple act of heroics can potentially lead to grave debt and endless lawsuits. Understanding the laws and guidelines governing emergency management and all fields associated …show more content…
While one might find it difficult to understand the role an attorney may have in emergency management, the benefits of having one greatly outweigh the risk of not having one. Attorneys are there for a multitude of reasons, all to clarify and inform those involved of the legalities consistent with the emergency management field. Attorneys are ethically bound to represent their clients zealously. “This means that society in general is less important than the client’s best interest, so the effect of representation on the client is the lawyer’s main focus” (Nicholson, W. C., 2008, p. 81-82). This knowledge is simply understanding there can be a right and wrong side to every story, however, having an attorney on the department’s side will give peace of mind the department’s best interest is seen throughout all phases of …show more content…
One of the more difficult occurrences to overcome is that of negligence. In most instances, The Good Samaritan Law will also protect the interest of the patient. One may be able to intervene but does not, thus causing more injury to the patient than necessary. To say an innocent bystander has the obligation to always get involved is a slippery slope, however common decency and the understanding that most would expect someone to help them in a time of need is justification enough for anyone to get involved during an emergency

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    The increase in popularity of informal justice and the essential nature of mediation within dispute resolution have given rise to arguments for the recognition of mediation as a separate profession rather than a mere area of legal practice. With this in mind, it is now imperative that the lawyer is well versed in the expectations of representing a client in dispute resolution. In this regard, the challenge of the lawyer is to be sensitive to the wishes of a client within mediation; often the goals are significantly different and are geared towards negotiation and settlement rather than zealous advocacy in judicial settings. Underlying core values such as self-determination, confidentiality and substantive fairness are key to a just and successful mediation. This is a strong contention that effective mediation cannot exist without a strong ethical framework, having no place in dispute resolution without the public’s faith and…

    • 730 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This is probably the most important aspect of responding to any type of emergency. Understanding one’s capabilities as well as limitations can sometimes prevent a worker from saving everyone but will most importantly teach the worker to protect and save himself. After all, the sad truth is that not all people affected by disasters can be saved. Taking unnecessary risks will most certainly increase the potential for accident and…

    • 1176 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Burden Of Proof Analysis

    • 1249 Words
    • 5 Pages

    In my opinion, even there are a few disadvantages of the ADR process, I strongly believed that courts is not the only best way in resolving a dispute as there are many other option which is more effective and the results can bring more satisfaction to both parties such as ADR. Furthermore, Court proceedings are adversarial and about winning not losing, whereas ADR is about finding possible solutions to…

    • 1249 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Because of lawyers important role in society it would not be right for lawyers to use a different or internal moral basis if it conflicts with society morals which is why the code is present in the first place. Obviously there are grey areas and parts of the law that these codes do not cover when a lawyer may have to use their own moral judgment however, they should align it to be in-keeping with society and ethical morals of the justice system. Is the debate about positivism and natural law of any relevance today? I think the debate about positivism and natural law is still of relevance today. Even though a positivist view of law is more in line with the trend in many developed countries.…

    • 1259 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Dr. Wolfe Case Study

    • 972 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Act Utilitarian might lean more towards the first argument of altering the authorities as it seems it produces the most happiness at that particular moment. Although the act of alerting authorities can save a life, the patients opening up can save more which is a Rule Utilitarian argument. 2. There are multiple obligations for Dr. Wolfe which include: duties of non-maleficence and duties of fidelity. Both of these are prima facie duties but only one is an actual duty.…

    • 972 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This is the only fair way to judge anything because without it people would find themselves persecuted for doing things that a great consensus of people would have done in the same situation. While still holding people responsible for their actions, subjectivism also allows morals to have a reasonable range of freedom. Moral relativism doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want, but it does protect us whenever we a caught in precarious situations and forced to make a tough moral…

    • 773 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Allowing what is best for the greatest number of people helping make your moral decisions is a tool that can be very useful, but also can lead to some really tough decisions. Having a complete utilitarian society could possibly spoil individual’s entire life as they are not focusing on their own happiness, but everyone that their moral decision will affect. This might lead them to lead a life making decisions that never fulfill their own happiness but only those around them. I have no argument against the fact that the utilitarian concept sounds very fair and sounds like it would work. But after actually thinking deeper into what a utilitarian society would be like, I conclude utilitarian values only work in doses, and that is why we only have a few examples in contemporary…

    • 1251 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    It can also cause someone to become bitter towards the other person. However if you can start by understanding and comprehending your own needs along with the other persons needs it can lead to great problem solving, team building and improved relationships. How conflicts get resolved is a critical factor. Conflicts can range from minor unimportant problems to critical fights. However, conflicts can be avoided and often prevented if the right steps are taken to diffuse or avoid the situation.…

    • 1143 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Any of these propositions alone could lead to trouble, but when put together it works smoothly. Each proposition fits because the others act as “checks and balances” of the other rules. As long as all the propositions are followed, one would have a perfect moral saint. This moral saint would be a friend who can lie when needed because a majority of people wouldn’t tell a murderer where you are. Your friend will find pleasure in arts or sports and will be able to not be so drab.…

    • 2031 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This is a point that is hard to argue though because, peace can avoid a lot of bloodshed. Despite this, I believe that people deserve their basic human rights although I do see the benefits that peace can bring when over freedom. History is so important because people in the present day look back on it. We try to repeat the success that has occurred in our past and learn from the failures. When success is hard to decipher from failure, which it many times is, our next steps as a people can be uncertain.…

    • 1563 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays