Standard of Care

Source: The Verdict, Issue 165 / Summer 2020
Author: Brenda Osmond 
The Verdict issue 165

This is the third article in our 8 part series on medical malpractice litigation.  The law does not expect health care professionals to provide the highest level of care, or to meet a gold standard in providing care.  They are expected to exercise the reasonable degree of care that would be expected of a normal, prudent practitioner.  In this article, Brenda Osmond reviews how the courts determine that standard, and whether or not there is room for common sense in assessing the standard of care.

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