What is my liability because of what a nurse said to a patient

What is my potential liability if a contract RN allegedly made a comment to a patient about a referring MD. losing his privileges at the local hospitals. The upset patient went back to the MD and told him. We have been notified of this alleged comment

Las Cruces, NM -

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Alexander Mchenry Memmen

Alexander Mchenry Memmen

Personal Injury Lawyer - Chicago, IL
Answered

Impossible to tell. Had the MD, in fact, lost his privileges?

Christian K. Lassen II

Christian K. Lassen II

Medical Malpractice Attorney - Philadelphia, PA
Answered

Without damages, a lawsuit would likely be fruitless, but you can turn it over to your insurance company if there is a suit.

George Costas Andriotis

George Costas Andriotis

Personal Injury Lawyer - Tarpon Springs, FL
Answered

Most likely nothing comes of this but you may want to advise your liability carrier of the allegations.

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Roger C. Davie

Roger C. Davie

Personal Injury Lawyer - El Paso, TX
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Truth is usually a defense. Also because defamation is usually an intentional act it makes it harder to hold the principal (you) liable for the actions of the agent (contract nurse). May have also been outside the course and scope of her employment to make such statements. Very fact specific but I would be surprised if anything comes of the statement. Of course better to not risk a lawsuit so some teaching is probably warranted.

Elizabeth Taylor Herd

Elizabeth Taylor Herd

Medical Malpractice Attorney - Tampa, FL
Answered

I would also let the nurse know that she should make her carrier aware of the statements since you said she is a contract RN. Great opportunity to do some teaching with your remaining staff.

David Ian Schoen

David Ian Schoen

Medical Malpractice Attorney - Windsor, VT
Answered

Who are you? The doctor? The hospital? A friend?

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