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Liability issues can be easily overlooked


For medical offices, strict attention to many potential liability issues is important, such as safe practice procedures and compliance to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Failure to properly adhere to these areas can result in lawsuits regarding professional liability.

However, a recent Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management article relayed that these offices can sometimes overlook other potentially hazardous issues.

One such issue is compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which has specific requirements for public properties regarding handicapped access. These buildings must have handicapped parking, proper entrance access, clear pathways, designated restrooms, appropriate counters and even specific signs in some cases. Failure to meet these requirements can easily result in a lawsuit. A recent Businessweek article discussed a disabled lawyer that has taken more than 1,000 properties to court regarding their failure to comply with ADA requirements.

Other facilities, such as dental offices, need to make sure their area is free of potentially dangerous access to equipment. The Becker's article discussed how one dentist office had a large flat screen TV exposed, which fell on a toddler after he bumped into it. With various gadgets available for patients to grab, the professional liability of these offices can be exposed.

To avoid costly lawsuits, ensuring that all aspects of a facility are safe has become increasingly important, as tough as it may be to cover all bases. 

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