Legally Speaking

How physicians can limit their risk in healthcare marketingHealthcare professionals must be careful when hiring marketers because of complex laws that could result in fines and criminal penalties.
How the Docs vs. Glocks ruling affects physicians
How the Docs vs. Glocks ruling affects physiciansThe conversations doctors are allowed to have with their patients regarding guns and other firearms, if any, are the central part of a new ruling overturning most aspects of a highly controversial law that has undergone several appeals and reversals since its inception in 2011
Compound presentation, obese mother, bad outcomeThe plaintiff alleged that given the fetal size and weight, earlier caesarean delivery was warranted and that improper management of shoulder dystocia and compound presentation of the posterior arm resulted in right Erb’s palsy, scapular winging, and decreased movement and function of the right extremity.
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.