Patients who suffer injuries due to incompetent medical care may be able to recover damages from the physicians that caused their harm. Additionally, if the losses occur in a hospital setting, the parties responsible for hiring or supervising doctors may be deemed vicariously liable for their behavior. Typically, plaintiffs must prove that a hospital knew or should have known that negligent physicians were likely to cause patients to suffer harm to prove liability, which may require evidence regarding their treatment of other parties. In a recent New York opinion issued in an emergency room malpractice case, a court discussed what information is protected from disclosure in a vicarious liability claim against a hospital. If you were hurt due to incompetent medical care, it is prudent to meet with a trusted Syracuse medical malpractice lawyer regarding your potential claims.
The History of the Case
Allegedly, the plaintiff sought treatment at the emergency department of the defendant hospital for neurological symptoms. He was examined by the defendant doctor and released. It was later revealed, however, that the plaintiff suffered a cerebrovascular accident, which the defendant doctor failed to diagnose. The plaintiff sustained substantial injuries due to the delayed diagnosis and subsequently filed a lawsuit against the defendants, alleging the doctor was negligent, and the hospital was vicariously liable for the harm caused by the doctor.
It is reported that during discovery, the plaintiff sought to depose the former CEO of the hospital, based on a letter he received from a concerned physician regarding prior complaints made to the CEO about the defendant doctor’s competence. The defendants moved to quash the subpoena for the deposition on the grounds that it sought information protected by New York law. Continue reading