What Does Standard of Care Mean in Medical Malpractice Cases?
Standard of care is a technical term, it’s a term of art. It’s really what is expected of doctors generally or nurses or hospitals generally. I tell clients it’s not the best of care, it’s not the worst of care, it’s that medium in between of the care that’s expected of doctors generally throughout the country. It’s not like medicine is practice differently in Pennsylvania than it is in New Jersey than it is in New York.
Medical students come out of medical school being taught a specific standard of if you have this condition this is how you should approach it. And that really becomes the standard of care. When someone deviates out from that general standard then we say that’s a violation or a deviation from the standard of care. You didn’t treat this patient, this disease, this condition the way most physicians in your profession would. And so, it’s a moving target, it’s a generalized, but it is meant to be a general standard.
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