Although most medical malpractice suits are based on negligence, this plaintiff made a claim for breach of contract At trial, the patient argued that the doctor promised to cure him, and did not, so the contract was breached The doctor responded that he had only promised to treat the patient, not cure him, and that there is always a chance that medical interventions will not succeed
Oral contracts can be perfectly legal and binding However, any contract (oral or written) must have both mutual assent and an exchange of consideration In this case, was there mutual assent? Why or why not? There is a big difference between a legally binding contract and a mere promise Which do you think happened in this case? What practical steps could the doctor have taken to prevent any legal liability in this situation?