Legally Speaking

Watch out for these HIPAA violations in online reviewsPhysicians can violate federal law simply by replying to a negative review
OB ignores nursing supervisor, fractures infant’s skull"Reckless" forceps use ends in disaster.
Should this ectopic pregnancy have been diagnosed earlier?The plaintiff asserted that during the diagnostic laparoscopy, Dr A and Dr B should have detected the ectopic pregnancy in the right fallopian tube. Her attorneys claimed that based upon the plaintiff’s abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, and β- hCG levels, and absent evidence of intrauterine pregnancy on ultrasound, the defendants should have presumed ectopic pregnancy and adequately evaluated the fallopian tube before discharging the patient, thus avoiding rupture.
Floridas suicide ruling puts physicians at riskDecision could hold doctors liable for something they have little control over
Legally Speaking: Patient sues after wrong ovary removedThis case illustrates the importance of obtaining informed consent for any procedure.
Pitfalls in terminating a patient relationshipPhysicians sometimes face the prospect of dismissing patients from their practice. It’s not easy, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.
Cesarean causes problems for mother and babyFollowing a cesarean delivery, a mother wonders why she hasn't become pregnant again and the neonate ends up in the NICU with skull fractures.
Maternal death from intracranial hemorrhageA 34-year-old Ohio woman was under the care of her longtime family physician, who had minor privileges to deliver uncomplicated pregnancies at a specific hospital, for her pregnancy. The woman is diagnosed with eclampsia in her third trimester and is immediately given a cesarean. After delivery, she is unresponsive having died from a massive intracranial hemorrhage. The physician is sued for fraudulently representing her abilities in obstetric care. What's the verdict?
Why you should pay attention to contract boilerplate languageThe last pages of your new employment contract contain a number of provisions, typically described as“boilerplate,”that no one discusses. Here’s what that fine print covers.
Legally Speaking: Was this forceps delivery appropriate?A patient charges that her infant’s injuries could have been avoided.