Medical malpractice claims are common in California when individuals are injured or even die when being treated by a physician. This type of harm can occur in a wide variety of scenarios ranging from surgical errors to overmedication or unwarranted prescriptions that defer from what is commonly understood as a recommended professional standard of care. However, proving the doctor was negligent in their medical treatment application can be a daunting legal task when all factors are considered. Mistakes happen in the medical field just as in other fields, and doctors can make mistakes without necessarily being negligent. One of those claim elements that can be most difficult to prove is causation.
Deviation from standard of care
The assessment of deviation from the standard of care involves establishing what most reasonable medical professionals would do in a given treatment situation. When it can be proven doctors make radical to even moderate departures from these standards, there could be a case for medical malpractice if causation can be proven.
Causation is the next step after establishment of a deviation from the standard of care for any particular medical problem. There must be a correlation between actions of the physician or the medical staff with respect to the harm incurred by the patient. This correlation can be either direct or indirect, but there must some level of connected causation. While some medical malpractice claims are very serious and the deviation from the standard of care is obvious, many cases actually involve lower levels of negligence that still justifies the claim.