There is a couple of elements in both a medical malpractice and medical negligence that makes them different. If you believe you’ve been a victim of either, it is important you speak with a trusted, experienced lawyer who can help you determine which one you should file for. The reason is because if you claim the wrong one, your compensation could be greatly reduced, or you could even lose the case.
Medical malpractice is when the doctor or healthcare provider treating you failed to use the same treatment or care that another person in the same position and knowledge would have done and it resulted in you getting sicker. The reason is because this would be an intentional breach of the duty of care by the doctor or healthcare provider. They knew they should’ve done something different to cure you but instead, they chose to do something else that resulted in more harm. Medical malpractice can sometimes be difficult to prove so it is important you provide all documents and information you have to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
The difference in negligence is that it was not an intentional decision on the doctor or healthcare provider. When it is malpractice, the doctor knows the best course of treatment but chooses to ignore his/ her knowledge for whatever reason. Negligence is when the doctor failed to know the best course of treatment and it resulted in making the illness/ symptoms worse. The doctor or medical provider did not mean to cause harm but since the mistake occurred, it prevented you from getting better.
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