What is the Standard of Care and Why is it Important?

How is the patient, the consumer, to know the difference between appropriate care and sub-par care? The first thing to do is to inform yourself. The best way to avoid questionable treatment is to ask your own questions and to gain an understanding of what your condition is and how it can or will be treated.

All doctors and medical practitioners are held to a uniform standard of care for treatment. Once you are considered a patient, your doctor has a “duty of care” to treat you according to that standard. ALL patients, regardless of financial means, are entitled to the standard of care.

While you are in the care of a medical practitioner, you have the right to ‘informed consent,’ which entails full disclosure of all the risks and side effects (known and) associated with any course of treatment. The doctor also has a “duty to inform,” so anything you don’t understand must be explained to you. Again, remember to ask questions.

If your doctor does not follow the course of treatment that has been established as the standard and you experience adverse effects in your treatment, you MAY have the right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit in Philadelphia, PA; it is best to consult an experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney.

A medical malpractice attorney will work to establish the medical practitioner’s duty of care to you and the standard for that care, done with the help of an expert in the same field as the doctor who treated you. The standard of care is uniform, nationally and clinically, and must be exercised in present, direct care as well as in the review of past care. The doctor’s deviation from treatment must be proven as the cause for your injury and not a myriad other factors, such as not following specific orders given by your doctor.

If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you should seek the counsel of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.