If You Were Injured By Residents In A Hospital, This May Interest YouAuthor: Samuel D. Bornstein, P.a
Plaintiff's expert testified that the residents failed to properly drain the gastric contents of decedent's stomach, causing him to choke to death on his own vomit.
The jury returned a verdict against the residents and they appealed.
Defendants argued that they were only residents in training, obliged to practice under the supervision of an attending physician. They argued that the trial judge should not have instructed the jury to measure their conduct against that of a general practitioner who was already licensed. The proper standard, they argued, should be one particular to a resident at that particular point in his or her training.
YOU BE THE JUDGE: Are residents in training held to the same standards of care as licensed, more experienced doctors?
The appellate court disagreed with defendants. It noted that there was no support in precedent for a standard peculiar to residents.
But, more important, defendants called themselves doctors, and held themselves out to the public as being able to diagnose, treat, operate and prescribe for disease, pain or injury. Having claimed to have the expertise of doctors, they should be held to that standard.
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