- Who to sue? Non-delegable duties of care to patients and vicarious liability for self-employed dentists (Hughes v Rattan)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Non-delegable duty of care
- Vicarious liability
- Case details
Personal Injury analysis: Judgment was handed down on 21 July 2021 in the case of Hughes v Rattan. Heather Williams QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court) held that the defendant was vicariously liable for the acts and omissions of three self-employed associate dentists in respect of the claimant’s dental treatment at his practice, and that the defendant owed the claimant a non-delegable duty of care in respect of this treatment. Written by Daisy van den Berg, pupil barrister at Old Square Chambers.
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