Standard Of Care In Medical Malpractice Cases

Doctors, nurses and other health care providers must practice according to the "standard of care" for their medical specialty. If they fail to do so and injury occurs, they can be liable for medical negligence or malpractice.

At the law firm of Hampton & King in Houston, our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to discuss the standard of care that applies to your case.

What Is The Standard Of Care?

The standard of care is what a reasonably prudent professional in the same medical specialty would do under similar circumstances. The standard of care may be different in a rural hospital than a hospital in Houston. Proving that your medical provider did not meet the standard of care will require testimony by a medical expert.

To prosecute a medical malpractice case, it is not enough to show that the doctor, nurse or other provider failed to meet the standard of care. Through the use of expert testimony, we also have to show that the medical professional's failure was the proximate cause of injury. If you or your loved one would have experienced the same outcome anyway, there would not be a viable case of malpractice.

No doctor is expected to be Dr. Gregory House from the popular TV show "House," who uses unorthodox diagnostic approaches and radical therapies to cure rare diseases other doctors miss. Rather, the standard of care is what a reasonably competent doctor would do in the same place.

To discuss the medical standard of case with one of our lawyers, call the Houston office of Hampton & King at 713-574-8660. You can also send us an email.