Georgia Supreme Court rules that physicians working at the Medical College of Georgia as state employees are entitled to the official immunity against tort actions

July 11, 2013

Shekhawat v. Jones, — S.E.2d —, 2013 WL 3475325 (Ga. 2013)

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that physicians working at the Medical College of Georgia as state employees are entitled to the official immunity against tort actions. The effect of that immunity for the aggrieved patient, explained the Court, is that she “may still seek relief [on vicarious liability grounds] against the state government entity for which the state officer or employee was acting” (as under the parallel arrangement of the Federal Tort Claims Act). In the case at bar, parents of the infant allegedly mistreated by the physicians can only sue the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, as they did.

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