Corporate Liability: Hospital Liable for Failure to Ensure Physician Communication

October 1, 2011 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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The Supreme Court of Illinois, in an opinion addressing hospital corporate liability and medical negligence, explained what evidence a jury may consider in deciding whether a hospital should be held directly liable to an injured patient and whether a physician's conduct meets accepted standards of care.

The plaintiff alleged that the hospital's emergency physicians failed to timely diagnose her appendicitis. Two days after the patient was discharged from the emergency department with a diagnosis of urinary tract infection, the patient's primary care physician admitted her to the hospital. After a surgical consult was obtained, the patient's ruptured and gangrenous appendix was removed. She required multiple hospitalizations and...

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