In a case stemming from the death of a woman after a botched cosmetic procedure, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide whether a hospital can be liable for treatment provided by emergency-room doctors who are independent contractors.
Bryan Gowdy represents a woman who was treated by Doctors Hospital after she became unconscious following a cosmetic procedure. She was treated in the hospital's emergency room and intensive-care unit but died several hours later. Mr. Gowdy argues that the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling conflicts with earlier decisions from the 4th District Court of Appeal about whether hospitals can be held liable for the actions of independent contractors.
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