This article explores some of the problems hospitals face in avoiding liability for the negligence of their independent contractors. After a critical analysis of the theories underlying imposition of liability, we discuss the sometimes conflicting public policy considerations respecting the mandates given to the modern hospital as these mandates affect hospitals' liability.
II. Emergence of the Problem
III. Theories of Liability ... A. Respondeat Superior ... B. Apparent Agency and Estoppel to Deny Agency ... C. Corporate Negligence
IV. Duty of the Hospital ... A. General Considerations ... B. State Licensing ... C. Protection against Discovery ... 1. Federal Protection ... 2. Shielding Statutes
Diane M. Janulis and Alan D. Hornstein,
Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't: Hospitals' Liability for Physicians' Malpractice,
64 Neb. L. Rev.
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