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Points to know about standard of care

| Mar 27, 2020 | Malpractice |

Medical professionals are subjected to standards when they’re caring for patients. When someone doesn’t receive the care they should, they might suffer harm. The injured patient might claim that they didn’t receive care that was up to that set standard, but this is a difficult claim to prove.

One factor that makes it hard to prove this is that the standards aren’t the same for all doctors. Instead, there are various factors that can change the standard of care. For example, you would expect to receive a higher level of care from an oncologist for a cancer diagnosis than you would receive from a general practitioner.

The facility and tools available can also impact your standard of care. You wouldn’t expect to receive cutting-edge treatments from a rural family care office but you would probably expect top-notch care from a large medical facility.

Another factor that can make it hard to make these claims is that you need to have someone who is considered an expert in the field to note what the standard of care was in your case. This means that you need another doctor to testify that your doctor didn’t meet the standard of care. The medical community is close-knit, so this is often challenging.

There isn’t any good reason why a victim of substandard care should be left holding the financial responsibility of the situation. Seeking compensation can help to shift the financial liability away from the victim. It also lets the practitioner know that patients aren’t going to stand for not getting the care they need.

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