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AANS/CNS Featured in News Articles about Medical Liability Protections

Katie O. Orrico, Esq., director of the AANS/CNS Washington Office, was featured in two recent articles from the Northern California Record. In an article published on May 18, titled, “Capitol Hill efforts continue for expanded liability protections amid COVID-19,” Ms. Orrico noted that there is a bipartisan willingness for Congress to adopt targeted liability protections for health care professionals. She pointed out that, “In the context of the coronavirus, liability protections are an essential element for businesses and physicians and hospitals to get back up and running as an integral part reopening America.”

In a follow-up piece published on June 8, titled, “New federal legislation seeks to shield physicians from COVID lawsuits,” Ms. Orrico pointed out that “During this global pandemic, physicians have been dedicated to preserving and protecting the health of the American public under extremely difficult and challenging circumstances, often at risk to themselves.” She concluded by pointing out that “Plaintiff attorneys have already begun filing COVID-19-related lawsuits, and lawsuits, even those without merit, cost time and money, which clearly interferes with the country’s economic recovery. More importantly, such lawsuits distract health care providers from keeping laser-focused on caring for their patients.”