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Is there a difference between medical malpractice and medical negligence?

Posted by Frank Spector | Apr 03, 2024 | 0 Comments

The short answer is that there is no difference between those two terms. I'm not quite sure how medical malpractice even gotten into our vocabulary because malpractice can sound like we're trying to prove that a doctor or hospital did something on purpose or maliciously or maybe even criminally, but that's not true. You know, in other cases like in a car accident case, we wouldn't call that car accident malpractice. We would call that negligence. So what is negligence? Negligence in a situation like this is that a doctor did not do what a reasonable doctor would do in the same or similar circumstances? Now, there's a lot more to that and I will be doing some future posts on actually talking about medical negligence in a more detailed way. But I get this question a lot because if you use the word malpractice, it can sound like something different than trying to prove something by a reasonable or unreasonable standard. You know, in, in our vocabulary, we have a lot of terms, especially in the kind of work that I do that may lead a potential client or patient to think something is one thing when it really means another. So I thought it would be helpful to talk about medical negligence versus malpractice. So malpractice again, does not mean that a doctor did something on purpose or maliciously or even criminally, it's on a negligence standard. So if you have any questions about medical negligence, my contact information will be below and I look forward to speaking with you. 

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