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Standard or duty of care matters in medical malpractice cases

Doctors have a duty to ensure that the patients receive proper care. This care must be equal to or above the standard of care. Interestingly, there is a singular standard of care that applies across the board. It is based on several factors.

When you are considering filing a medical malpractice case, you have to determine if the standard of care was violated. The standard of care is the type of care that other doctors in the same position would render to a patient. This can be affected by the equipment and services available to the doctor, the doctor's training and the information that he or she had available at the time of the treatment.

For example, an oncologist who works at a major cancer treatment center would have a higher standard of care when dealing with a person who has breast cancer than a family doctor who works in a small rural clinic. However, the oncologist would likely be held to a lower standard of care when dealing with a case involving a stroke than a neurologist.

If you have been harmed by any medical professional, you might decide to explore your right to seek compensation. The standard of care, which might be called the duty of care, is only one facet of the case. We can help you to determine what points your case should address. We can also work with you to gather the evidence we need for your case. The attorneys at Ross & Hill are here to work to get you the compensation that you deserve for the harm you suffered at the hands of your doctor.

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