Medical Law Cases ~ Hobby Lobby Dr. Kevorkian Joan Rivers ~ + Tests = 62 Slides
These are three separate legal medical case presentations of Hobby Lobby & Medical Insurance; Joan Rivers and Malpractice Law; Dr. Jack Kevorkian and assisted suicide law. Each has its own multiple choice quiz with answer key included. There are 30 Questions Total. All three presentations combine Medical Health Care & Law.

I am a retired lawyer, instructor and legal textbook author.

1. "Burwell v. Hobby Lobby," is a landmark 2014 decision by the United States Supreme Court allowing closely held for-profit corporations an exemption from a law its owners religiously object to if there is a less restrictive means of furthering the law's interest. The court recognized a for-profit closely held corporation's claim of religious belief against certain contraceptives as being too uncomfortably close to aborting life. Hobby Lobby is owned (held) by a single family, the Green family.

2. Kervorkian was a medical doctor. Kevorkian allegedly assisted only by attaching the individual to his euthanasia device. The individual then supposedly took over the suicide by pushing a button on the machine which delivered the drugs. No one actually knew for sure that Kevorkian did not do more though as the only other witness was now dead.

Kevorkian assisted in the deaths of 130 terminally ill people between 1990 and 1998. He got three acquittals and one mistrial, which was never retried.

3. Dr. Gwen Korovin and Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen were both attending Joan Rivers. However, only Dr. Cohen was authorized to do so. Korovin was there at Rivers’ request but Yorkville had not authorized her to be there or to do medical procedures. These two doctors failed to identify Rivers’ deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention during the procedures. Rivers’ vocal cords seized during the procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy — a condition called laryngospasm — and cut off her air supply. This is a well known danger in this type of procedure and not some rare risk.

Intubation or punching a hole in the windpipe may have saved Rivers but evidently neither Cohen or Korovin knew how to do either fast enough any longer. Rivers was cyanotic by the time her tube was inserted. Injecting the drug which reverses this state, succinylcholine, wasn’t possible because Yorkville no longer kept it in stock.

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