Understanding the standard of care

When you hear the word "malpractice," like most in Jacksonville, you likely associate it only with the medical profession. However, that those not mean that you cannot be the victim of malpractice at the hands of another type of professional provider. The clients that we here St. Denis and Davey PA work with come to us after having experienced firsthand the damage that the negligence of a supposed "professional" can cause. Typically, such damage is due to a failure to meet the accepted standard of care.

You have likely heard through your life how no one is perfect, and that everyone will inevitably make mistakes. Yet perfection is not what it demanded of professional providers. "Standard of care" is defined as "the degree of care or competence that one is expected to exercise in a particular circumstance or role." Simply put, this means that when you secure the services of one who advertises him or herself as a professional in his or her particular field, then you anticipate that he or she will perform as you would expect one familiar with that line of work to. 

For example, say you have a cousin that is good with numbers, and you ask him or her to help you with your taxes. He or she can contribute that skill, but without professional training, you wouldn't expect him or her to understand the intricacies of the tax code. You would, however, expect that of an accountant. If you hire such a professional to help you in that scenario, and later discover that he or she committed major errors, then it may be said he or she did not meet the standard of care for an accountant. 

You can learn more about identifying cases of professional malpractice by continuing to search our site. 

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