HCS/478 Health Law and Ethics
June 7, 2012
William Seville, MBA
Negligence, Gross Negligence, and Malpractice
Standard of care are general guidelines that professionals follow as a degree or level considered adequate and appropriate to deliver treatment in any given circumstances or situation (Guido, 2010). Professionals possessed the skills and knowledge to practice and are liable or accountable for their action. The standard of care requires that for any duty undertaken, acceptable level of care should be implement to see that no unnecessary harm occurs (Guido, 2010). If there is any action that does not meet the standard of care, then it fails to meet the duty of care and sometimes might result to patient harm, and it is considered a tort. Tort is a civil wrong committed against a person or property excluding contracts, and it fully based on fault (Judson & Harrison, 2010). This law is most commonly seen in health care settings when a professional individual performed an action incorrectly or omits a necessary action. The accountable individual failed to meet the requirements for the minimum allowable standard of care and as such he or she is responsible for the actions taken. Negligence and malpractice commonly falls under the tort civil law.
Differentiates between negligence, gross negligence, and malpractice
Negligence, gross negligence, and malpractice are tort civil law. Negligence is a general term used to describe an act of carelessness that is deviation from the standard...