Liability Issues in Clinical Practice Legal liability is of concern for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in clinical practice. This paper offers general suggestions designed to help clinicians minimize the risks of liability in clinical practice. Suggestions include knowing and practicing within the standard of care of your profession, obtaining informed consent, being polite and caring ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2008
Liability Issues in Clinical Practice
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sharon Griffin Scudder
    Teague, Campbell, Dennis & Gorham, LLC, Raleigh, NC
    Attorney at Law and Licensed Audiologist
  • Deborah CulbertsonColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / Audiology
Article   |   March 01, 2008
Liability Issues in Clinical Practice
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2008, Vol. 18, 32-40. doi:10.1044/aas18.1.32
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2008, Vol. 18, 32-40. doi:10.1044/aas18.1.32
Abstract

Legal liability is of concern for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in clinical practice. This paper offers general suggestions designed to help clinicians minimize the risks of liability in clinical practice. Suggestions include knowing and practicing within the standard of care of your profession, obtaining informed consent, being polite and caring with patients, documenting everything, verifying the licensure and certification of clinicians and other employees you hire, and organizing your business to limit your liability from the actions of others within your business and to protect your personal assets. The author recommends that you protect your promising career from being derailed by allegations of malpractice and negligence by continuing to develop your skills and structuring your clinical practice to provide the very best care to your clients and patients.

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