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Standard of care is important for patients

On Behalf of | May 22, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |

Patients who are getting medical care expect that their doctor is going to make decisions that help them. They don’t think that they will receive poor care. Unfortunately, substandard care does occur sometimes. The patients who suffer harm because of lax care might opt to seek compensation via a medical malpractice claim.

Medical professionals are expected to provide care that meets or exceeds certain standards. These aren’t the same for all cases. The standard of care changes depending on specific points. This can make it rather difficult for patients to make their claim, but it isn’t impossible.

A doctor’s training plays a role in the standard of care. You’d expect better care from a specialist who covers a specific condition than you would a general practitioner. For example, you’d expect an oncologist to provide better care for a patient with leukemia than what you’d expect a family doctor to provide.

The type of facility the doctor has access to also matters. A practitioner at a cutting edge facility will be able to provide better care than one who practices in a rural facility that has only the basic necessities.
Proving that the standard of care wasn’t met usually involves having to call medical experts to the witness stand. Finding individuals who are willing to testify can be a challenge because this profession is very tightknit. Working with an attorney who is familiar with medical malpractice claims might help you to find the witnesses you need to help prove your case. The last thing that you need is to have to deal with more stress than you already have.