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4 Ways a Doctor's Duty of Care Is Established in Ohio

Mellino Law Firm

If you are under medical treatment from a doctor, a duty of care exists. In other words, your doctor must legally perform the job using reasonable care. Failure to do so could lead to the filing of a physician malpractice claim.

There are certain duties that are expected of a doctor. These are what establish the relationship between the doctor and patient.

Here are 4 ways a doctor’s duty of care is established:

  1. exercising medical care using judgment that another reasonable physician in the same specialty would.
  2. possessing the knowledge required for the medical specialty.
  3. applying medical care using knowledge and skills that would reasonably be expected by a competent physician in the same specialty.
  4. possessing the skills required of a competent physician working in the same medical specialty.

A violation of any of these duties that causes serious or fatal injuries to a patient could lead to the doctor being held liable.

When there is a failure to perform, or a doctor’s duty of care has been breached, this could lead to the filing of a physician malpractice claim. To learn what your rights are, contact us today at (440) 276-3535.


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