Medical Malpractice Attorneys Discuss Evolution of Hospital Liability

In the past, medical malpractice attorneys were extremely limited when bringing lawsuits, especially in determining who could be found liable. Under the doctrine of charitable immunity, hospitals were completely free from tort liability. This doctrine has been eliminated or minimized in many jurisdictions leading to three theories that have been used to hold hospitals liable when their doctors and nurses commit negligent acts. These three theories are known as respondeat superior, ostensible agency, and corporate negligence. Hospitals are Responsible for Their Healthcare Providers Under the respondeat superior theory, a theory that applies … [Read more...]