Vicarious Liability Becoming More of a Threat
Vicarious liability is becoming more of a threat to healthcare providers. Past assumptions about a hospital’s independence from physicians and other contractors are being tested.
- Standard forms about independent contractors may be insufficient.
- Courts are now expecting more “meaningful notice” about the distinction.
- Risk Managers Should Review Notification Forms And Processes.
With all the legal risks that hospitals face, it used to be that risk managers could be confident, at least, that vicarious liability was a pretty weak threat. In most cases, hospitals were not held liable if the physician was independent and no hospital employees were involved.
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