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Determining the applicable standard of care

If Texans were injured by the negligence of a medical professional, then they may be considering a medical malpractice lawsuit. These claims, when successful, can bring a victim compensation to help alleviate damages that were unexpectedly and undeservedly thrust upon them. These damages may include lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other noneconomic losses. However, before this compensation can be recovered, liability must be imposed, and this is no small feat.

One important consideration when pursuing one of these claims is the applicable standard of care. The standard of care that is applied in a medical malpractice case can be crucial because it serves as the bar that a defendant must live up to if he or she wishes to avoid liability. Therefore, a victim who can show that a higher standard of care is applicable may increase his or her chances of succeeding on a medical malpractice claim.

There are many factors a court will consider when determining the applicable standard of care. To start, a court will consider the type of practice conducted by the doctor in question. Whereas a general practitioner will be held to a standard that requires basic skill in expertise in diagnosing and treating common and recurring injuries and illnesses, a cardiologist will be expected to have much more extensive knowledge and skill when it comes to diagnosing and treating heart conditions. A court may also consider whether a doctor practices in a rural or urban community and the resources provided by the hospital at which he or she works.

Significant evidence may have to be presented just to establish the applicable standard of care in a given case. This may seem like a tedious process, but it can have huge implications. This is why legal matters like this should not be left to chance. Instead, medical malpractice victims should think about working closely with a legal advocate who will help them fight to create an advantageous litigation foundation.

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