Vicarious Liability And The Doctrine Of Respondeat Superior Essay

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What is vicarious liability and the doctrine of respondeat superior? According to free dictionary.com, vicarious liability is defined as “a legal doctrine that assigns liability for an injury to a person who did not cause the injury but who has a particular legal relationship to the person who did act negligently. It is also referred to as imputed negligence. Legal relationships that can lead to imputed negligence include the relationship between parent and child, husband and wife, owner of a vehicle and driver, and employer and employee. Ordinarily the independent negligence of one person is not imputable to another person (Freedictionary.com).”
Under the doctrine of respondeat superior two things must be applied in order to determine vicarious liability. According to our text book the first is that “the act must be committed within the course and scope of employment”, and the second is that “the employer has knowledge that the employee is violent and also the employer does nothing to correct the problem; thus the foreseeability of a criminal act by an employee is one key for holding the employer liable” (Meadows, 116).
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