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What is the Standard of Care?

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What is the Standard of Care? This is a question that is asked in medical malpractice lawsuits. The answer, however, is not always simple. The Standard of Care refers to the level of care that a reasonably prudent doctor would have provided in the same situation. It can be difficult to determine what this standard actually is, and that is where attorneys come in.

If you believe you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, it is important to speak with an attorney who can help you determine whether you have a case and what the standard of care should be in your situation. Keep reading for more on Standard of Care.

Understanding Standard of Care

If a doctor does something that another doctor in the same situation would not have done, they may be held liable for medical malpractice.

However, it is important to note that not every bad outcome is the result of medical malpractice. In order for a doctor to be held liable, they must have breached the Standard of Care.

Proving Breach of Standard of Care

If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, the first step is to contact an attorney. Your attorney will review your case and help you determine whether the Standard of Care was breached.

To do this, they will look at a variety of factors, including:

  • The training and experience of the doctor

  • The type of procedure being performed

  • The available technology

How the Standard is Decided

It is not always clear what a reasonably prudent doctor would have done, and there is often more than one course of action that could be taken.

When you consult with an attorney about a potential medical malpractice case, they will look at the facts of your situation and compare them to similar cases. They will also look at expert testimony to try to determine what the Standard of Care should have been in your case.

If you believe you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, contact the experienced attorneys at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC today. We can help you understand the Standard of Care and whether you have a case. Give us a call now at (800) 817-5029.