Second time through statutory law is the written law

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Second time through Statutory law is the written law of the land as enacted by the US Congress or state and local governing bodies.” Common sense—there are many sources of statutes “Common law is the body of law that results from actual cases heard by the courts of the land.” Arcane … 50+ jurisdictions today, and much “precedent” from the past
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Second time through “Of importance for veterinarians … an old and well-established concept known as the fireman’s rule….”
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Second time through This rule is based on the doctrine of assumption of the risk , which holds that an injured person cannot claim damages for an injury when that person has advanced knowledge of the risks involved and has knowingly accepted those risks “Affirmative Defenses” You are NOT responsible for knowing them in any specificity, although a useful concept to know
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Consider this hypothetical A dog with osteosarcoma presented to the oncology service for the last scheduled dose of chemotherapy. The resident who saw the case noticed that the dog had not had chest x-rays for a long time. The resident attempted to contact the owner for permission to do the x-rays (animals in the oncology service are dropped off first thing in the morning and owners typically go home or to work and pick up their animals later in the day).
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Hypothetical The owner was not at home, so she left a message on the answering machine. Since x-rays are a relatively benign procedure and the owner had always consented to any diagnostic test that had been recommended, the resident submitted a radiology request for x-rays. The resident figured that if the client didn't want the x-rays, we'd simply write off the charges if they had already been taken. Also, there can be a long delay between the time the request is made and the time the x-rays are taken and so getting a request in early can make all the difference in when an animal is ready to go home.
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Hypothetical Approximately 2 hours later, the owner called back, insisting that x-rays not be done. She stated that they would not be therapeutic and that she could not live with the knowledge that her dog might have only 2 months to live if there were visible evidence of cancer in the lungs. The resident went down to the radiology department to pull the x-rays request only to learn that the x-rays had already been taken. The films revealed approximately 5 nodules in the lungs that were not detectable on the previous set of x-rays.
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Hypothetical Here's the dilemma: What does the resident tell the client? If she admits to the client that the x-rays were taken and the client still doesn't want to know the results, what should she do? The dog was due for an expensive (~$1000) chemotherapy treatment that we knew would be ineffective.
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