Medical Malpractice and Standards of Care

Medical Malpractice and Standards of Care

A main consideration in determining whether a physician, nurse or other medical professional's conduct constitutes medical malpractice is whether their actions in caring for a patient failed to meet the requisite standard of care.

The standard of care is defined as what the reasonably prudent person (i.e. doctor or other health care professional) would have done in the same or similar situation.

A doctor may be found liable for damages to a patient and his or her family where this failure to meet the standard of care causes harm.

If you have questions about medical malpractice or were harmed as the result of negligent medical care, consulting with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice attorney right away is important to begin an investigation into all of the factors surrounding your matter.

Not all doctor visits that have a bad outcome are the result of medical malpractice. To be liable for medical malpractice, the health care provider's conduct must be shown to be below the standard expected for a health care provider in a particular position. This may include a number of situations inlcuding:

• Anesthesia errors;

• Birth injures;

• Diagnostic errors; and

• Medication errors

Medical malpractice can occur in many different situations. For more information or if you believe you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of medical malpractice, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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