Owning any type of business puts you at risk for litigation, and this is why it’s so important to have a lawyer when you’re managing or opening a drug and alcohol rehab facility. In the business of addiction treatment, you’re working with people who are often in life or death situations. You’re responsible for assisting the clients who need medical attention while they detox, and you’re also working with them to help them recover from their seemingly hopeless state. Like a hospital, there are times when clients won’t get the results that they’re looking for, and some may try to take you to court.
You need to ensure that you have someone fighting for you if a former client or client’s family tries to take you to court.
The lawyer will be there to make sure that you have the proper documentation to prove that you are operating a qualified facility and provided the client with the best care possible. The lawyer will also work with you to make sure that you’re protecting yourself as best as possible so you’re at a lesser risk of being taken to court for a small mistake or other liabilities.
When you have a drug and alcohol treatment facility, it’s important that your business and all of its employees are aware of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). There are a lot of guidelines when it comes to HIPAA requirements, and many of them have to do with confidentiality. By working with a lawyer, you’ll be able to make sure that you and your staff are HIPAA compliant. If the possibility of litigation does arise, you will know that the proper precautions are in place to protect both the patient and the business. The lawyer will work hard to protect your rights as well as your business whether you’re the defendant or plaintiff when you go to court.