What Is The Difference Between Medical Malpractice And Medical Negligence?

From a routine check up to an emergency surgery, when it comes to medical diagnoses, surgical procedures and medication plans, there are no guarantees of success. A bad medical outcome is not necessarily the result of poor or improper care. However, if you believe that a medical error was the cause of your injury or a loved one's death, Colley Shroyer & Abraham can help determine if legal action is appropriate.

An attorney at our firm will assess your case to determine if you should file a claim. Prior to pursuing legal action, it is critical to understand the basic definitions of medical negligence and medical malpractice.

When It Comes To Medical Malpractice Claims, Experience Matters

Medical doctors, nurses and other health care providers have a duty of care to provide treatment that, given the specific circumstances involved, is considered appropriate. The vast majority of medical errors that result in injuries or deaths are classified as acts of negligence. To prove that a doctor, nurse, dentist or chiropractor acted negligently, his or her actions must be measured against what a person in the same professional position and situation would have done.

Medical malpractice claims are much more rare and differ in that they involve acts of gross negligence. This does not necessarily mean that a doctor or nurse acts or fails to act with the intent of harming a patient. Rather, the claim relies on the belief that he or she knew or should have known that a patient may suffer injury or harm as a result.

The fact is that every interaction with a medical provider or facility comes with some degree of uncertainty and risk. These factors make proving medical negligence and malpractice incredibly challenging. At Colley Shroyer & Abraham, we have a successful track record of helping people who are victims of medical errors recover the compensation they need to heal and move forward.

To schedule a free consultation to speak with a lawyer at our Columbus law firm, call 614-678-5072. You can also submit an inquiry about your case through our online contact form.