FAQ: What is “Vicarious Liability”?
Unfortunately, some victims of medical malpractice or their loved ones resist filing a lawsuit because they think it would be professionally and financially devastating to the provider. For that reason, it’s important to understand the concept of “vicarious liability.”
According to medical malpractice Attorney James R. Howell of PHP Law Firm in Wichita, Kansas, “vicarious liability” is a legal doctrine that says an employer is responsible for anything an employee does wrong. This means that, rather than suing a specific individual who was negligent, it is often possible to file a lawsuit against their employer.
An example would be if someone received improper care from a nurse while in the hospital. Rather than suing that nurse, the lawsuit could be filed against the hospital where the nurse worked. Regardless, though, all health care providers (both individuals and organizations) in our state of Kansas are required to have medical malpractice insurance.
Should You File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Mistakes are often made, and it is the right of the victims or their families to seek compensation. If you believe that you or a loved one suffered at the hands of a health care provider or their employee, we urge you to discuss your situation with a medical malpractice attorney.
Although every case is different and no conclusions should be drawn without first consulting with an attorney about the specifics of your case, the PHP Law Firm is highly experienced in fighting for the rights of medical malpractice victims. Our initial consultations are free and if you decide to proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit, we will not charge a cent unless we win compensation for you.
Contact our team of medical malpractice attorneys directly at (316) 683-9080. We look forward to speaking with you!