What is respondeat superior and how does it affect my personal injury case?

The doctrine of respondeat superior works to hold an employer liable for the intentional acts of its employee's.  In the case of Jordan v. Cates, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held that when an employer stipulates that the incident in question occurred during the employee’s employment the employer would stand liable for damages under the respondeat superior   The rationale behind the Court’s ruling was that the Plaintiff, under the doctrine of respondeat superior, was entitled to collect the damages suffered from the Defendant.