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What constitutes a negligent breach of duty?

A breach of duty in negligence is when a person or organization fails to exercise the level of care legally necessary for a particular circumstance, which harms another party. A breach of duty in medical negligence refers to a healthcare provider’s failure to provide a patient with an adequate standard of care, which results in injury or harm.

Medical Negligence & Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Depending on the environment and what a prudent healthcare professional would do in the same situation, a healthcare provider must adhere to a specific standard of care.

To establish a duty breach in a medical negligence claim, the plaintiff must establish that the healthcare provider owed the patient a duty of care and that the healthcare provider failed to uphold that duty by failing to deliver a reasonable standard of care.

Medical Negligence Case Thalidomide Scandal

In the 1950s and 1960s, thalidomide was a medication given to expectant mothers to treat morning sickness. However, it was later shown that the medicine severely affected the babies’ birth abnormalities. Thousands of infants born with missing or malformed limbs did not survive. A major legal lawsuit and a global scandal resulted from the tragedy’s scope.

The thalidomide scandal’s legal battle led to significant adjustments in medication regulation and pharmaceutical business practices. As a result of the case, more stringent guidelines for clinical trials and drug testing were established, and it was made clear that the pharmaceutical sector and drug regulators needed to communicate more effectively.

Along with more rigid rules controlling drug marketing and advertising, the case also led to heightened monitoring of the pharmaceutical sector. Following the thalidomide catastrophe, the need for openness and accountability in the pharmaceutical industry as well as the significance of patient safety, were thrust into the forefront of drug regulation.

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