Ever Had a Stabilization Lawsuit?
I was recently working with a metro fire department officer who wanted to know if there were any records available on fire departments being sued due to stabilization problems; lack of stabilizing, equipment failure, cribbing failure, improper techniques, etc.
I have searched and asked around but do not know how to find any one source of legal actions against fire departments where vehicle stabilization is the issue.
Here is an excerpt from this officer's original question.
"One of our latest additions is is almost ten thousand dollars worth of brand name stabilization struts. I am wondering if you have any substantial information on lawsuits due to a lack of stabilization furthering patient injury or even injuring or killing firefighters.
We have been having some difficulties in convincing a lot of our personnel that using this equipment is essential to the successful and safe outcome of an incident involving a vehicle resting on its side or roof."
"...without actual statistics or opinions from nationally known experts, I think that our chances of implementing a policy and requiring our personnel to stabilize these vehicle is slim to none."
OK. That's the challenge. So how would you respond to this issue if it were brought up by your members?