The Respiratory Therapist's Legal Answer Book
Anthony L. DeWitt, RRT, CRT, JD, FAARC, Attorney at Law
Hardcover: 501 pages
Jones & Bartlett
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Each day a new law or regulation affects the way respiratory therapists perform their jobs. This thorough and basic legal guide and reference contains the extensive information respiratory therapists need to know about the court system, lawyers, law, and litigation.
An excellent resource for students and professionals, Respiratory Therapy Practice and Legal Guide presents 16 areas of the law, including medical negligence, hospital law and employment law, contains a series of questions and answers about the subject areas of the law, and provides extensive guidance for therapists navigating the treacherous currents of ever-changing laws.
This is a must-have book for anyone who treats respiratory therapy patients or manages therapists.
Written by Tony DeWitt, a lawyer and therapist with 13 years of clinical experience ranging from floor-therapy to administrative and management functions, this book combines the author's knowledge of the complex interactions in the legal system and how the legal system relates to therapy delivered at the bedside.
Most legal books are written either by non-lawyers or non-therapists. Non-lawyers do not understand the complex interactions in the legal system, and are not permitted to give advice. Non-therapists may understand the law very well, but be unable to relate to how therapy is delivered at the bedside. This book is written by a therapist who is a lawyer, and who has been at the bedside. With thirteen years of clinical experience ranging from floor-therapy to administration and management functions, the author understands how a hospital works.
The Courts and The Law – Essentials You Need To Know
The Essential Guide To Patient’s Rights
What Every Therapist Needs To Know About Contracts
Essential Employee Rights in Contracts and Benefits
Essential Employee Rights Granted By Federal and State Law
Essentials of Employment Law for Managers
Essentials of Tort Law
Essential Malpractice Law: Consequences of Medical Error
What Every Therapist Should Know About Risk Management
Protecting Yourself and Your Employer
Business Law – Protecting Your Own Business
The Civil Law – Protecting Yourself and Family
Criminal Law for Therapists
Finding Legal Representation
The Ethical Rules of Health Care
"The book provides in-depth looks at patient’s rights, contract and employment issues, tort, malpractice, liability and civil law to protect yourself and your family. A respiratory therapist, legal columnist and attorney, DeWitt explains the stages of litigation, what to look for when selecting an attorney, depositions, testimony and how to survive litigation. Of particular interest to all of us are the chapters which discuss employment law, benefits and contract law. If you are not sure whether something happening in your workplace is right, this book not only explains what the law says, but outlines and explains the steps and processes that a complaint or action will go through to be resolved." — Margaret Clark, MS, RN, RRT-NPS, ADVANCE for Respiratory Care Practitioners, October 2005
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