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Understanding the standard of care in medical malpractice claims

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice claims depend on a variety of factors, including clear signs of damages and a violation of the standard of care. If you wonder about your chances of success with a medical malpractice case, you should review all of the relevant factors.

The standard of care is part of the basis of any malpractice claim.

What is the standard of care?

In the medical malpractice discipline, the standard of care defines the treatment that any reasonable care professional would provide in the situation. The standard of care includes expected diagnostic testing, treatments and diagnosis procedures for a given condition or set of symptoms.

Why is the standard of care important?

The law requires any malpractice claim to show that the actions of the care provider were not compliant with the established standard of care. The standard varies depending on the patient’s condition, the standard practices in the region and the access to specialists.

How do you prove deviation from the standard of care?

Proving that a medical provider deviated from the standard of care requires evidence of the treatment and care you received as well as testimony from professionals in the field about the established practices expected in that situation.

When you prove deviation from the standard of care and show evidence of your losses suffered as a result, that supports a medical malpractice claim. Working with an attorney helps you get the information you need to support your case so you can hold the care provider accountable for their actions.