In a malpractice case, what is the standard of care for medical professionals?

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured because a health care professional failed to meet the standard of care. “The standard of care” is defined as the type of care that a reasonable health care professional, with a similar background and in the same community, would provide in a given situation.

Because the standard of care is situational, it must be established in each medical malpractice case. In a medical malpractice case, an expert medical witness will typically testify about the relevant standard of care and whether or not the medical professional breached it.

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