This page collects court decisions and complaints concerning clinician administration of life-sustaining treatment contrary to the patient's advance directive, contrary to the patient's POLST, or contrary to the directions of the patient's surrogate.
I assessed the trend of these cases in several articles and book chapters cited on this page. A separate page collects regulatory actions where healthcare facilities are regularly fined and sanctioned for failing to comply with advance directives.
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.