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Standard of care is important in medical malpractice suits because to be held liable, a doctor must not only cause injury, but the injury must result from not following the “standard of care.” A standard of care holds a person of exceptional skill or knowledge to a duty of acting as would a reasonable and prudent person possessing the same or similar skills or knowledge under similar circumstances. In other words, a health care provider’s actions are measured against the standard of care active in the caregiver’s location or similar community.

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