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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Werth v. Taylor

Should health care professionals be allowed to administer life-saving, emergency treatment when there is a possibility that the patient would have refused? Plaintiff, a Jehovah’s Witness, underwent severe bleeding following the birth of her twins. Despite knowing that plaintiff’s religious beliefs prohibited blood transfusions, defendant ordered a blood transfusion to avoid her death. Consent could not be obtained at the time from the plaintiff because she was under general anesthesia and her condition was rapidly deteriorating.

Werth v. Taylor