What Is 'Standard Of Care?'

In the context of medical malpractice, a "standard of care" is an established and widely accepted medical protocol for diagnosis or treatment of any particular medical condition. Medical professionals have a duty to provide patients care that at least rises to this standard. When they fail in this duty, and a patient suffers an injury as a result, that patient may be able to sue for medical malpractice. Sometimes patients don't know what the standard of care is supposed to be for any given condition. This is where speaking with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can come in handy. If you suspect that you or a loved one was injured by medical negligence in Pennsylvania, our legal team at The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller can help.

How Is Standard Of Care Established?

The standard of care for any given medical condition is determined by how similarly trained doctors would have treated the same condition. However, the standard of care may be different depending on the location of the practice. For example, a doctor operating a small rural practice may not have access to the same resources as a city doctor, and therefore the standard of care would necessarily differ in the two places. In general, any medical care that significantly violates an understood norm of diagnosis or treatment could be considered to have violated the standard of care.

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