Medical malpractice and respondeat superior

South Med J. 2002 May;95(5):545-8.


The legal concept of vicarious liability and the Doctrine of Respondeat Superior occurs when the servant (employee) commits a tort or civil wrong within the scope of employment and the master (employer) is held liable although the master may have done nothing wrong. In this article, legal cases are presented to emphasize the importance of these issues, which frequently involve physician extenders and physicians as employers in our current health care climate. Physicians need to be aware of this doctrine in the supervision of their staff and their day-to-day medical practice.

MeSH terms

  • General Surgery
  • Humans
  • Liability, Legal*
  • Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tennessee