This page collects court decisions and complaints concerning clinician administration of life-sustaining treatment contrary to the instructions of the patient's advance directive or surrogate. I have also assessed the trend of these cases in several articles and book chapters cited on this page. A separate page collects regulatory actions.
The trend in enforement was also covered twice by the New York Times and the Boston Globe.
Paula Span, "The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing" NEW YORK TIMES (April 10, 2017).
Paula Span, "Filing Suit for Wrongful Life" NEW YORK TIMES (January 22, 2021).
Mark Arsenault, "Hospital Staff Revived a Man’s Stopped Heart — and He Sued" BOSTON GLOBE (December 26, 2020).
Since 2007, I have been posting legal materials on end-of-life issues. I am happy to disseminate these materials for free. But while filngs in state and federal court are in the public domain, PACER and state court website services do charge retrieval fees. And the significant number of user downloads on this site requires server bandwidth. If you find this website useful, please consider donating $1, $5, or $10. It’s is a small amount to inform bioethics policy. It’s money well spent.