Georgia Issues Civil Liability Executive Order

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp yesterday entered an executive order that, among other things, extended civil immunity from suit during the declared pandemic to “healthcare institutions and facilities” and those facilities’ “auxiliary emergency management workers.” Unfortunately, the Georgia code that the order is based on excludes from immunity protection “all physicians’ and dentists’ private offices and treatment rooms in which such physicians or dentists primarily see, consult with, and treat patients,” and its definition of a “medical facility” does not include physicians’ private offices. We think those immunity limitations are unfortunate and inconsistent with the protections being granted to physicians in other states.

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