Did Your Doctor's Treatment Meet the Standard of Care?


Medical mistakes are more common than you might think and can upend your life. Doctors are expected to follow a standard of care but often break this standard. To know if you are the victim of medical malpractice, it's essential that you demonstrate that there was a breach of a standard of care.

How the Standard of Care Works

The standard of care is the level of care that you would expect to receive if you were treated by a reasonable and competent doctor. The doctor will owe you a standard of care if you are their patient. They will have breached the standard if they do not provide you with that care. You will then need to have been injured as a result and will need to have suffered damages.

Breaches of the Standard of Care

There are many ways in which a doctor could breach a duty of care. The doctor could make a mistake and prescribe you the wrong medication. The doctor might not have steady hands and injure you while providing treatment. Your doctor might fail to properly diagnose you for a condition or might not prescribe the treatment that a reasonable doctor would prescribe. The doctor might diagnose you with the wrong condition and prescribe a treatment that has serious harmful side effects. 

The Value of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

However, to prove that the doctor did not follow the standard of care, you may need to consult with a personal injury attorney with experience with medical malpractice cases and who is in contact with expert witnesses who would be able to provide their opinions regarding what the appropriate care would have been in that situation.

To seek compensation for your injuries, you must be more than simply mildly injured. Also, you will need to prove that the negligence lead to your damages and not that your condition simply worsened. Also, if treatment fails, but the treatment would have normally been considered appropriate, you may not be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

For this reason, it's important to speak to a personal injury lawyer before you decide to take legal action. By doing this, you can determine if taking legal action is actually appropriate. This will allow you to make the most use of your financial resources and you will be able to file a lawsuit that will be more likely to be successful and pay for your medical bills.

If you are a victim of medical malpractice, be sure to contact a firm like Siben & Siben LLP to get compensated. 


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