A recent blog post by the Law Offices Jeffrey P. Gale, PA, reveals that many hospital emergency room healthcare providers are not actually employees. Instead, they are independent contractors.
This working relationship, in many cases, defers liability associated with medical negligence from the hospital onto the contracted doctor. However, as many independent contractor physicians do not carry medical malpractice insurance policies for themselves, or have any coverage at all, this can be problematic. As a result, Florida law has instated a few exceptions, making hospitals liable for malpractice that occurs on the premises.
For more information on these exceptions please refer to the original blog post.