Medical malpractice cases can hinge on a variety of factors, like a patient receiving substandard care. In the medical community, the standard of care establishes the bare minimum that a patient should expect. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to figure out exactly what that standard is because it changes according to the situation. There are several factors that come into the picture in these cases.
One of the primary factors is what information the doctor had. This includes test results, the patient’s medical history and any symptoms or other information provided by the patient. The doctor has to put all of that together and try to determine what conditions are likely. This isn’t always easy because different conditions can initially present the same, but they will have different treatments.
Another factor is the doctor’s training. You wouldn’t expect that a general practitioner would know how to handle a rare neurological condition in the same manner as a neurologist. In this case, the specialist would be held at a higher standard for the patient’s care.
Because of the fluid nature of standard of care, it is often challenging to get proof of negligence when a patient suffers harm. Many of these cases hinge on another medical professional’s testimony about which standard of care should apply in the case. As you can imagine, some doctors won’t speak out against their colleagues, so there is some challenge in finding one who will. The ones who will usually believe that patient safety and care are the top priorities.
If you think that you have received substandard care and suffered harm by it, you should file your case as soon as possible. You only have a short window to do this before the case proscribes.