What is a Medical Disclaimer?
We’ve all seen the small print at the bottom of our favorite websites and blogs that gives advice; but have you ever wondered why it’s there?
Most of the time, the small print found at the bottom of websites and blogs is a legal disclaimer template to keep the company and owner protected from any form of legal action. It may seem silly that someone would sue the owner of a website or blog over free advice given that the reader sought out themselves but there is a reason behind it. Because someone somewhere has been sued just for that.
Medical disclaimers are typically created through the use of medical disclaimer templates. The templates are usually part of a medical disclaimer form that includes clauses regarding the limitation of warranties on the advice given and the information supplied on the site in general. Other medical disclaimer examples include the advice an individual should seek professional care and clauses that limit the liability of the website or blog.
Which Sites Need a Medical Disclaimer?
Legal disclaimers are most commonly placed on medical websites and blogs. For example, articles on medicine in particular always require a medical disclaimer because of the potential risk that the advice can harm a person that is seeking the advice given. Not because the advice given is bad, but because the person seeking the advice may be allergic to the medication, apply the wrong dosage, or a variety of other reasons.
Big, well-known professional medical websites typically always include the addition of medical disclaimers with the development of their site. It’s a standard for them. However, bloggers should be aware of the importance of a medical disclaimer for blogs also.
Why is a Medical Disclaimer Important?
Medical disclaimers are important because they protect the website or blog owner from legal action.
When people search the internet and look for advice, they trust where that advice is coming from whether the site is a popular one, one that has a team of writers focusing on cutting edge medicine, or single blogger providing nutrition and weight loss tips. And unfortunately, what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for all.
The disclaimer is not only a protection against liability; it’s a responsibility that all website and blog owners have.