Celebrity Medical Patients Require Extra Supervision, Create Higher Risks

Celebrity (or just high-profile) patients present a number of unique challenges for medical practices and require additional supervision and compliance measures to protect the practice, the patients and staff.     In last week’s discussion I provided some detail on the death of Joan Rivers during her treatment at an outpatient surgery center (ASC), and […]

Joan Rivers’ Death Puts Liability Spotlight on Outpatient Surgery Centers

Comedienne Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest while being treated at an ASC, or outpatient surgery center and died a week later after lapsing into a coma. As a result, ASCs are in the media and regulatory spotlight for a variety of legal issues, including doctor referrals, standards of care and how they are run, often not […]

Lawsuits Against Doctors Are For More Than Just Medical Care Delivered

Getting back to the asset protection roots of our discussions, today we examine a variety of liabilities for doctors that are not strictly related to the “standard of care” at the center of most malpractice claims. If you joined us last week, we discussed so-called “defensive medicine” and the idea that limiting diagnostics based on […]

Dating Website Faces $20 Million Lawsuit Over Employee Injury for Typing

A key area of asset protection planning for our 1000’s of business owner clients is the danger of employee lawsuits. Ashley Madison dot com was recently sued over a repetitive motion injury allegedly incurred by an employee that makes up the fake profiles on the site. She was then photographed rising jet-skis and engaging in […]

Personal Liability Insurance Umbrella Policies Remain Vital Asset Protection for Doctors, Business Owners

The law, like medicine, offers few absolutes: Personal liability umbrella policies are not a “magic bullet” that either always or never works. Despite their limits, they remain a key tool in your personal asset-protection plan and your most essential (and affordable) first line of defense. We’ve discussed the fact that many doctors and business owners […]

Employees, Financial and HIPPA Data Create Risk for Medical Practices and Business Owners

HIPAA and financial data present an ongoing asset-protection issue for physicians and medical practices. This week we take a look at a specific exposure suffered by up to 40,000 (yes, 40,000) patients of one Arizona medical practice and some simple precautions that may help your practice avoid the same exposure.  While written for doctors, this […]

CEO and Executive Liability INCREASING with SEC: Asset Protection

We’ve implemented asset protection planning for a variety of CEOs and executives for many years. Some of these clients are highly compensated executive employees of public or private corporations, others are the owners (and hence the executives) of their own closely held businesses. Given the social and economic climate of the last few years and […]

Medical Marijuana: Legal Issues for Physicians

Nearly two dozen states now allow the legal use of medical marijuana. Given the growing mainstream acceptance of the drug as a potential natural alternative for a variety of pharmaceuticals, physicians are more apt to get questions about it than ever before. Today we take a first look at a variety of legal issues and common questions […]

Private Offerings, Crowdfunding and Raising Capital – Asset Protection and Liability Issues to Avoid

 A big part of asset protection is risk management, or doing things the right way the first time to avoid future expenses and legal exposure. Many of the HNW private business owners and entrepreneurs I deal with have shared their success with others by raising capital for various projects and allowing others to invest in […]

Is your housekeeper, chef or nanny a lawsuit liability? Probably.

The frequency and exposure of lawsuits by various domestic help is a serious and growing threat. In the last few years I have seen more claims by domestic staff including maids, nannies, housekeepers, cooks, gardeners, personal trainers and etc. than ever before. Claims include wage and labor issues, sexual harassment, personal injury, wrongful termination, and […]