Holding Hospitals Responsible for Doctors' Negligence from Clifford Law Offices

June 24, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
June 24, 2009 - Chicago, IL: The Chicago law office, Clifford Law Offices, today announced that it's posting legal articles on their website (http://www.cliffordlaw.com) in an effort to educate the public about legal matters such as personal injury and medical malpractice law.

"Imagine you were unable to hold a hospital responsible for a botched procedure because the negligent doctor was an independent contractor. Some hospitals have tried to delegate nondelegable duties in an effort to avoid responsibility for mistakes at the hands of their physicians. By fashioning the contractual relationship with their doctors as that of an independent contractor, hospitals have tried to avoid liability in medical malpractice cases. Yet, some courts found hospitals responsible if a reasonable person would believe that the tortfeasor was their employee or agent and that the plaintiff acted in reliance on that conduct."

Robert Clifford, the nationally renowned personal injury attorney based out of Chicago, wrote an article about hospital responsibility for physician negligence in a piece originally published in Chicago Lawyer entitled, "Holding Hospitals Responsible for Doctors' Negligence." The article serves to clarify a difficult area of the law and bring attention to attempts by hospitals to avoid responsibility by shifting the burden of sorting out the nature of hospital staff relationships to the patient.

Read the full medical malpractice law article here.

"Clifford Law Offices offers these free articles to help educate people about subjects such as medical malpractice, doctor negligence and personal injury," says Robert A. Clifford, Founder.