When questioning whether or not a doctor committed medical malpractice, attorneys and medical experts must first determine if the practitioner met the accepted standard of care. But what is the standard of care? Very simply, the accepted standard of care is based on how a doctor in the same field with the same qualifications would have acted in the same situation. For example, if a patient believes that his doctor was negligent in ordering the proper tests after a heart attack, whether or not that doctor is guilty of medical malpractice depends upon which tests other heart doctors would have ordered and what the outcome would have been. To learn more about the accepted standard of care in your own case, contact a Dallas medical malpractice attorney today.