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What is standard of care?

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

When you seek medical care for anything, you expect that the doctor will use their training to diagnose you and provide you with a treatment plan. That’s exactly what happens in most cases, but there are others that go a little differently.

Some patients don’t receive the care that’s appropriate for their case. This can lead to them suffering harm, including a treatable condition worsening considerably. Unfortunately, medical professionals might shy away from taking responsibility when this happens. In this case, you’ll need to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

One factor that comes up in these cases is whether the medical professional acted in the manner they should have. It is hard to prove that a breach of standard of care occurred because the terms of this standard aren’t the same in all cases.

The standard of care you can expect from a doctor depends on that physician’s training, the information available, and the technology at the facility you visit. A doctor who practices in a rural clinic with limited resources might not be able to diagnose a cancer case in the same manner as an oncologist who works at a cutting-edge medical facility.

Proving that the standard of care was breached can be challenging. Many of these cases depend on someone in the medical field to speak up. Finding someone who is willing to do this isn’t always easy because the medical community is a close one. Working with someone familiar with these cases might make this a bit easier to handle.