You might not be familiar with the term “medical standard of care,” but if you are considering a medical malpractice lawsuit, it will be vital to understand it. While it is not a particularly complex term to learn, it will be extremely important to your case.
How the Medical Standard of Care Affects a Malpractice Lawsuit
If a medical professional makes a mistake, that does not necessarily mean he or she can be found liable for medical malpractice. The treatment you receive must fall below the medical standard of care to recover compensation in a malpractice lawsuit. You will have to prove the defendant either did something that fell below that standard of care or failed to do something altogether.
Basically, the medical standard of care means the level of care a prudent medical professional with similar experience and training as the person who treated you would provide under similar circumstances. When contemplating a medical malpractice lawsuit, ask yourself if a similarly skilled medical professional would have provided you the same treatment under similar circumstances. If your answer is “no” and you suffered harm as a result of this sub-standard treatment, then you may have a strong case of medical malpractice.
You will more than likely need a medical expert to testify on your behalf if you are going to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. This person will need to have similar training and experience as the healthcare professional you are suing. The expert will also need to establish the medical standard of care you received, show how your treatment was below that standard and show how you were harmed by the treatment.
If you would like to learn more about how important the medical standard of care is to your case, please call KBG Injury Law at 717-848-3838 or contact us online.