Blog - Negligent Credentialing

Posted on March 7, 2019 by Marty Aisenberg

In a previous post I discussed negligent credentialing, a theory of recovery that enables a patient to hold a hospital liable for injuries caused by an independent contractor physician.  This is not vicarious liability – that is, the hospital is not liable for the physician’s negligence merely because the physician breached the standard of care in a particular case.  Rather, the hospital is directly liable for its own negligence if the physician is so manifestly incompetent or unqualified that the hospital should not have given him or her staff privileges, because in those circumstances it

Posted on March 5, 2019 by Marty Aisenberg

Under the ancient common law doctrine of respondeat superior, a hospital is liable for the negligence of a physician who is an employee of the hospital, but is not liable for the negligence of an independent physician who has staff privileges to practice at the hospital, i.e., an independent contractor.  However, a hospital can be liable if it should not have granted staff privileges to the independent physician in the first place.  This theory of direct hospital liability, called negligent credentialing, is recognized in more than 30 states.  The Missouri Supreme Court ha

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