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There are a few important statements in this disclaimer. For starters, they come right out and say that “APPLIED MEDICAL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE.” Without this disclaimer — and considering what the name of the company is and what it does — you might be inclined to think that they have the credentials to offer you medical advice. This sentence in the disclaimer makes it clear that they don’t.
After telling you that their content is strictly for “informational purposes,” they make another important statement — “Reliance on any information provided on the Sites is solely at your own risk.” In other words, they’ve told you that their information doesn’t come from doctors, but if you choose to use it that way, they’re not responsible for what happens.
This type of disclaimer is one of the most common you’ll see.
In most cases, medical disclaimers will come with some kind of mention that if you use the information provided, you’re doing so at your own risk.
However, simply saying “use at your own risk” isn’t always enough to keep you out of court. No matter how clear your medical disclaimer is, it only applies to foreseeable risks. Like the name implies, a foreseeable risk is one that you knew was a distinct possibility.
For example, you know that if you ride in a car there’s a chance you could get into some kind of accident. But if one of the car’s axles wasn’t made properly and snaps off causing you to go careening into oncoming traffic, that’s not a foreseeable risk. No reasonable person could have predicted that. As a result, a court would likely rule that the car’s manufacturer was legally liable, even if their contract said you were using the car at your own risk.
Another common phrase in medical disclaimers is “not responsible for errors or omissions.” That’s because no one is perfect. Any website can fall victim to typos and other errors. Plus, in an ever-changing field like medicine, there are always new studies and new findings to talk about. Even with a big staff, it’s hard to maintain content that’s got up-to-the-minute information. As a result, you might read an article that doesn’t mention the groundbreaking research that was announced two days ago.
Medical disclaimers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and because of the effect that they can have on readers, they’re one of the most important things you can publish. That may seem like a lot of pressure, but now you know how they work, what they look like, and how they should be used. That means you’re ready to craft a proper medical disclaimer of your own.