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Health Care Risk Management: The Importance of Documentation

If you are a health care provider, one of the most important things you do is document. You document a patient’s history, complaints, findings on exam, and diagnoses. You keep a record of a patient’s current medications and allergies. You record the time spent with a patient and the directions or instructions given to the patient. Good documentation is in the patient’s best interest; it facilitates thorough and accurate health care and protects the clients from other risks.

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To Shovel, or Not to Shovel

Winter is upon us in Central New York, complicating our morning commutes and creating more work for us each morning as we clean off our cars and shovel our driveways. Recently, in the City of Syracuse, clearing snow from sidewalks has become a hot button issue as the Common Council contemplated whether to impose fines on landowners who fail to shovel their walks. Syracuse city counsilors recently decided not to impose fines on residents who do not clear their sidewalks, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the issue will not come up again. So, what is your obligation as a homeowner to keep a public sidewalk that abuts your property free from snow and ice?

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Someone Was Injured On My Property . . . Now What Do I Do?

Many people complain that our society has become obsessed with litigation. It seems as though everyone who gets hurt wants to sue, even if the accident was their own fault. You must be prepared in the event someone claims they were hurt on your property. If you ever find yourself the recipient of a complaint that someone was hurt at your business or on your property, here is a list of actions you should consider in New York.

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