Why the conviction of 2 Hamilton paramedics in Yosif Al-Hasnawi's death may change healthcare
2021-06-10 from cbc.ca
In a legal first in Canada, two paramedics were found guilty for their part in the death of a Hamilton 19-year-old. Now, emergency responders wonder how that precedent might change the way they do their jobs.
An Ontario Superior Court judge on Tuesday found Steven Snively and Christopher Marchant guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to Al-Hasnawi, who had been shot and later died in hospital.
John Schuman, a paramedic and lawyer, says paramedics followed the trial and conviction with intense interest.
"From the paramedics' perspective, if we make any mistake now, are we going to get charged? And if we have a bad day, and our judgment's off, are we going to get charged?" said Schuman, who specializes in family law, education law and children's rights in Toronto.
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