Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Attorney Gary Zalkin & Medical Advocacy/End-of-Life Issues

One of the most difficult issues families face involves making end-of-life medical decisions for their loved ones.

Attorney Gary Zalkin sometimes gets involved when families have difficulty agreeing on a course of action or when medical providers disagree with families’ assessments of what their incapacitated loved one would want.

He has helped advocate for family’s wishes when hospitals have wanted to terminate treatment as well as pursued guardianship or affirmed health care proxies when hospitals have had different treatment philosophies, or if there has been disagreement between family members and the court needs to appoint one person to have the authority to make decisions.