Strong decision-making skills make a difference
Physicians’ years of training and experience can help them prepare to make extremely difficult medical choices in a crisis.
“There are certain medical decisions that only a physician can make,” says Bob Marinelli, risk control manager for Argo Group’s Trident Public Risk Solutions, a leader in the public sector insurance and risk management marketplace. “Having a doctor trained in emergency medicine dealing with traumatic injuries adds to the capabilities of other first responders such as EMTs and paramedics.”
Insurers are paying close attention
Insurers including Trident are keeping a close eye on doctors joining law enforcement agencies out in the field. Part of what Trident insures, for example, are instances where law enforcement officers get sued for allegedly violating someone’s civil rights.
“It would show that they’re making an effort to provide immediate medical attention,” Marinelli said. “That they’re trying to do the right thing. Hopefully that could be a mitigating factor in some types of claims.”
Trident is also exploring creating guidelines law enforcement agencies can consider when using doctors in the field. That includes ensuring they have adequate training and coverage.
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