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'Boilerplate' contract details can be critical game changers for physicians

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Fine print, or “boilerplate” provisions, at the end of a contract can often include critical details that should never be overlooked when finalizing agreements, according to John Michael Durnovich, JD, of Poyner Spruill, in North Carolina.

“Sometimes those provisions can be real game-changers,” Durnovich told Healio Rheumatology. “There are things like indemnification clauses that can have enormous financial implications for clients. There are things like forum selection clauses that create a really big inconvenience if you have to go litigate in some faraway forum.”

Durnovich recommended that physicians read their contracts carefully to ensure they are aware of everything they are signing their name to.

Disclosure: Durnovich reports no relevant financial disclosures.

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Fine print, or “boilerplate” provisions, at the end of a contract can often include critical details that should never be overlooked when finalizing agreements, according to John Michael Durnovich, JD, of Poyner Spruill, in North Carolina.

“Sometimes those provisions can be real game-changers,” Durnovich told Healio Rheumatology. “There are things like indemnification clauses that can have enormous financial implications for clients. There are things like forum selection clauses that create a really big inconvenience if you have to go litigate in some faraway forum.”

Durnovich recommended that physicians read their contracts carefully to ensure they are aware of everything they are signing their name to.

Disclosure: Durnovich reports no relevant financial disclosures.

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