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LAW 531 Week 3 IRAC Brief
Risk Management- Drunken Patient Lawsuit
LAW/531
Select one legal case from a current event that has taken place within the past 2 years relevant
to the following objectives: 3.3: Differentiate between personal, real, and intellectual property
issues. 3.4: Determine appropriate methods to address potential property issues. Discuss the
selected case with your Learning Team.
Brief the selected case as a Learning Team.
Write a case brief using the IRAC method.
Write an explanation of no more than 750 words about how the legal concepts in the selected
case can be applied within a business managerial setting.
my part with the team is to do the analysis part(100 words)
Risk Management- Drunken Patient Lawsuit
The IRAC method is an instructional tool that can aid students
in the comprehension and evaluation of information so that they
can make informed value decisions. It is an acronym for Issue,
Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion. Although this is a legal model
used to evaluate hypothetical situations in law cases, it is by no

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means limited to the study of the law. Useful for case studies
presented in varied mediums such as narratives, videos/films,
or recordings, the IRAC method may be applied to other
activities such as defining a term or demonstrating a concept,
principle, relationship, analogy, or contrasting idea. Often the
instructional focus is on the end result of case study discussion
rather than on how to "walk through" a method or approach to
be used by the students in the case analysis (Bittner, M.1990).
Issue:
A recent court ruling should motivate hospital risk managers to
conduct a careful periodic review of their facility's procedures
and legal obligations when it comes to treating intoxicated
patients. The patient, Kevin Kowalski, later wandered onto a
nearby highway and was struck by a car, leaving him paralyzed
below the neck. Throughout the case, Mr. Kowalski contended
that even though he decided on his own to leave the hospital,
the hospital should have prevented him from doing so based on
his level of inebriation.

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