Legal

Is Covid-19 a defense to a battery charge?
July 20, 2020

Dr. Joe acquired a new laser prior to the pandemic. Three patients are scheduled for treatment during which he had told them a laser expert would be present. The laser expert deferred due to COVID-19. After carrying out the procedures alone, one patient sues for battery, though there were no adverse events. Is this battery? Can Dr. Joe use COVID-19 challenges as a defense?

COVID-19 considerations: Do state guidelines overrule the CDC?
June 10, 2020

In the COVID-19 era, standard of care is still evolving. David J. Goldberg, M.D., J.D., discusses this and more liability issues to consider when re-opening your practice.

Teledermatology and HIPAA compliance in the era of COVID-19
April 24, 2020

David J. Goldberg, M.D., J.D., discusses important considerations regarding telemedicine and HIPAA compliance that dermatologists should keep in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can I pay a patient to leave my practice?
March 10, 2020

In this Legal Eagle article, David J. Goldberg, M.D., J.D., discusses whether or not you can pay a patient to leave your practice.

My patient bled. I got sued.
February 18, 2020

A dermatologist performed a large excision on a patient without taking a medication history, and the patient experienced progressive post-operative bleeding. Was he negligent? Dr. Goldberg discusses this hypothetical case and the nuances of physician negligence in this Legal Eagle article.

Did I wrongfully terminate my employee?
November 22, 2019

David J. Goldberg, M.D., discusses what constitutes wrongful termination in this Legal Eagle article.