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PSYCHOTHERAPIST-PATIENT SEX -Retrospective and Perspective

In the late 1980’s I asked a question of a group of therapists who were providing me with their input as I prepared to draft [...]

Causation an Essential Element of Professional Negligence Suit

You may recall from previous Bulletins that there are four essential elements of professional negligence that must be proven by the [...]

14 Ways To Eat More Fruit And Vegetables

We all know or have heard that eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is important for our health and wellness.  So, why is it such [...]

Scope of License / Child Abuse Reporting  / Signed Authorization to Release Confidential Information

In the May 2019 issue of this Bulletin, I asked whether the reader (presumably, a licensed mental health practitioner) was permitted to [...]

When It Comes To Patient Safety, Don’t Overlook The Basics

Patient safety is a never-ending legal obligation for you, regardless of your role in the delivery of patient care. One aspect of [...]

Club Member’s Claims of Willful and Wanton Conduct to Proceed Against Personal Trainer and Health Club

As we have recommended several time in this column, pre-activity waivers of liability often protect fitness professionals and fitness [...]

Scam Targeting Therapists: What You Need to Know

A nationwide scam claims you'll be arrested for failing to appear in court - if you don't pay up. "I did a consultation with an insured [...]

Nursing Assistant’s Conduct Found To Be Criminal

Nurse Assistants are often utilized in health care facilities, especially in long-term care.  Most often, they are a valuable member of [...]

Exercise Equipment Injuries and Claims and Suits – Defending against Litigation

As we have pointed out in various articles in this column, exercise equipment use by fitness facility clients can lead to injury and [...]

Emancipated Minors and Child Abuse | Abuse of a Spouse – Can It Ever Be Lawfully Reported By The Practitioner?

In last month’s Avoiding Liability Bulletin, I wrote about child abuse reporting laws and the circumstances under which a failure to [...]

Nursing Staff’s Professional Negligence Causes Death of Patient

Lloyd Thomas, seventy-one, underwent bypass surgery and was hospitalized for eighty-four days after the surgery due to complications.  [...]

Physical Fitness Facilitates Recovery

When someone is recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, it’s important that they replace unhealthy attitudes and routines with new [...]

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