Standard of Care Legal Definition
“What is the Standard of Care?”
Standard of Care
Standard of Care legal definition: The standard of care refers to a prevailing standard or quality of care that all providers in their given fields are responsible for upholding. This standard can be defined as the level of care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent health care providers in similar fields. Any action or care that falls outside of the set standard is considered unacceptable and will likely constitute malpractice.
Standard of Care in Medical Malpractice Cases
The standard of care is an essential concept in determining whether a healthcare provider was negligent and potentially liable in a medical malpractice case. If a care provider breaches the standard of care that applies to them and their profession, and therefore causes harm to another person, they will be liable for negligence.
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