Texas Medical Association Asks for Liability Relief For Doctors

Barbara Schwarz
April 07, 2020 - 5:32 am
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The Texas Medical Association wants the Governor to restrict lawsuits against doctors who are putting their health on the lines due to COVID-19. 

It would extend liability relief that already exists for physicians that volunteer in emergencies. where the standard of care for a lawsuit would be reckless conduct or intentional wanton or willful misconduct. 

TMA president, Dr. David Fleeger says "we're asking that that standard be applied to physicians taking care of COVID-19 patients because of the anticipated problems with the surge that's coming up."

Fleeger, president of the TMA says times have changed. He says those who are doing the best they can for their patients should not have to worry about getting sued.  He says resources may be thin and in this emergency, doctors will do the best they can with what they have. 

A letter asks this order be put in place though September first.