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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What are “Standards of Care?”

It’s always tragic when someone is hurt or killed while under the care of medical professionals. However, the medical malpractice lawyers at The Cochran Firm understand that not every tragedy qualifies as a legal claim. In order to have a viable claim for medical malpractice, you must be able to demonstrate that the medical professional treating you violated the accepted standards of care.

“Standards of care” is a legal term in personal injury law which refers to the degree of prudence or caution a person is reasonably expected to display for another person. In the case of medical malpractice, it is usually interpreted to mean how a reasonable, qualified medical professional would have handled a given situation.

This is obviously a rather broad concept, and proving that a medical professional violated the accepted standards of care in your particular case requires an experienced medical malpractice lawyers.

Standards of care in a medical setting can include:
  • The procedure used to treat a condition
  • The equipment used during treatment
  • Method of diagnosis
  • Proper investigation into a patient’s medical history
So, for example, if a doctor uses procedure A to treat a condition, you suffered some harm from the procedure and your medical malpractice lawyer can prove that the accepted standard of care for the condition is procedure B, you might have a viable claim.

If you’ve been hurt by the negligence or misconduct of a medical professional and you need an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free consultation.  

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