When people suffer harm due to incompetent medical care, it is often the result of negligence. In some instances, the failings of more than one party contributed to the injured patients’ harm, and each negligent party may be deemed responsible. For example, a hospital may be liable for the carelessness of its physician under a theory of respondeat superior. A hospital will only be deemed liable for the acts of a doctor under certain circumstances, however, as discussed in a recent New York ruling. If you sustained losses due to the careless acts of a medical professional, you may be owed compensation, and you should speak with a Syracuse medical malpractice lawyer.
Procedural and Factual History of the Case
Allegedly, the plaintiff husband suffered complications following a prostate surgery performed at the defendant hospital by the defendant doctor. The plaintiffs then filed an action against the defendants, seeking damages for medical malpractice and lack of informed consent. The defendant hospital moved for summary judgment, seeking to dismiss the part of the complaint, alleging that it was vicariously liable for the medical malpractice of the defendant doctor. The trial court denied the motion, after which the defendant hospital moved for leave to reargue the motion.
It is reported that the plaintiffs opposed the motion for leave and renewed their original opposition to the defendant hospital’s motion for summary judgment. Regardless, the court granted the defendant hospital leave to reargue. Following reargument, the court effectively reversed its prior decision and granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant hospital. The plaintiff then appealed. Continue Reading ›