Legal

Starting a Roth IRA for a Child or Grandchild

This early financial decision could prove profoundly positive over time.


Will Guidelines for the Evaluation of Head Injury Establish a Standard of Care?

Sports medicine is a subspecialty encompassing the evaluation, treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise.


Litigation Avoidance: Ensure Equal Access to Your Facility Through Effective Communication

This column frequently focuses on employment issues challenging human resources and in-house legal staff. In operating a hospital, it is natural to take for granted the intent to care for and accommodate patients, regardless of disability. However, best intentions are not enough to comply with the law.


When It Comes To Workplace Violence, Prevention Is The Best Medicine

The recent on-air slaying of two newscasters by their disgruntled former co-worker reminds all employers of the need to prevent workplace violence. A key tool in this effort is the special guidance for healthcare institutions developed by the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”).


Social Media and the Physician

In a world where social media is seemingly everywhere, it is not surprising that physicians are increasingly using social media both personally and in their practice of medicine.


Cybersecurity in Hospitals: Protecting Electronic Patient Devices from the Risk of Hacking

Almost every day there are reports of hackers breaching security protocols in banks, major chain stores and government offices to steal private, personal information. While these stories generally focus on the risk to one’s credit score and the prevalence of identity theft, little attention has been paid to the threats to electronic medical devices with wireless capabilities.


Protected Categories Under the Anti-Discrimination Laws: Ignore Them at Your Peril

One of the big stories of the moment is Caitlyn Jenner. From an employer’s prospective, Caitlyn Jenner's story is a useful reminder that transgender persons may have certain legal rights related to their employment. It is also a reminder that employers have legal obligations not to discriminate against other individuals in various protected categories and different jurisdictions identify different categories for protection.


Practicing Preventive Medicine: Defending against Allegations of Negligence during Gynecological Surgery before the Lawsuit Begins

Laparoscopic surgery has been widely utilized, with technical advancement and procedures consistently developing. Robotic laparoscopic hysterectomy is but one example of innovation in gynecologic surgery. 


The ‘Professional Judgment’ Rule: The Line between Medical Judgment and Deviation from Good Medical Practice

The “professional judgment” rule shields medical providers from the imposition of liability merely because a treatment that a doctor elected to pursue proved ineffective.


The Employment Lawyer’s Perspective: Are Your Practice’s Agreements Enforceable?

It is a balmy Friday morning in June. You feel a bit giddy because your assistant scheduled the last procedure for 2 p.m. Your kids left for summer camp last week, and you have a great early dinner with friends planned. It’s rained a little during the week, but the weekend forecast is glorious. Nothing is going to ruin your warm, relaxing spring weekend. Nothing, until your junior partner — only years out of his fellowship — knocks on your office door and gives notice. Can he do that? There goes the weekend.