Lawyer Liabilities

Haugh, Richard
October 2005
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Oct2005, Vol. 79 Issue 10, p20
Trade Publication
This article addresses the liabilities facing attorneys who work at hospitals and other health care entities in the U.S. Health care is heavily regulated and in-house lawyers often are involved in compliance issues and representations to outside regulatory agencies. In the Sarbanes-Oxley era, not-for-profits can face risk from associated disclosure and reporting issues. Even writing and reviewing contracts with outside companies and vendors can open attorneys to risk. Moreover, liability can arise if a staff lawyer volunteers his services outside of regular hours--for example, helping a doctor by reviewing a real estate contract as a favor and missing something.


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