Scholars @ Hallwalls: Mary Nell Trautner

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  • “Transforming Medical Problems into Legal Problems”

    Mary Nell Trautner, Sociology

    Why do some medical problems become legal problems and others do not? This project is based on interviews with 100 parents of children who experienced the same kind of birth injury about their decisions whether or not to pursue legal action against their doctor. Trautner examinex three important influences on parents’ decision making: state-level political and media culture, online social networking sites, and intimate social support networks. Whether parents frame their child’s injury as a legal problem, medical problem, or personal failing can lead to drastically different actions and outcomes for families and children.

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