Is There a Difference Between Malpractice and Negligence?
If you have been hurt by a medical professional, then you’re most likely not worrying about something as simple as terminology. What you’re losing sleep over right now is how you are going to be able to rebuild your life after a tragedy that cost you dearly. Whether you have sustained a severe, life-changing injury that will prevent you from working or enjoying your life, or you have unexpectedly lost a loved one, you need justice for your pain and suffering.
While you may not be concerned about the difference between medical malpractice and medical negligence, unfortunately, the state of Ohio does care. And because they care, I also care. Knowing the difference between these two concepts can make all the difference in making sure you get the restitution you deserve after your loss. While it may seem pedantic, it is my duty and my responsibility to you to know how to tell malpractice and negligence apart to prevent your case from getting dismissed or you unfairly losing your case.
When you go to the doctor, you trust them. You trust completely that they are looking out for your best interests and they will help you or your loved one get better. While doctors are also humans, we hold them to a higher standard because we literally put our lives in their hands when we check in at the hospital or even go to the clinic for a routine checkup. Even a sniffle could be masking something more ominous, and it is your doctor’s responsibility to keep you healthy and safe.
That is where the difference between medical malpractice and medical negligence comes in. If your healthcare provider – whether it was your nurse, your doctor, or even your pharmacist – fails to provide you with the basic standard of care that you would expect from them. Medical negligence often results in harm to you or your loved one, but harm is not always required to have a medical negligence case. If you feel as though your healthcare provider somehow let you slip through the cracks and they did not detect anything that they should have caught, or they made a mistake during surgery, then you may be a victim of medical negligence.
On the other hand, medical malpractice has a lot to do with intent. As sickening as it sounds, there are doctors out there that actively, consciously harm their patients. Medical malpractice occurs when the doctor knew better, but still failed to act on your behalf. If your healthcare provider failed to give you surgery that you needed, even though they knew that surgery could be life-saving, then they are guilty of medical malpractice. Not ordering diagnostic tests, even though you exhibit signs and symptoms of some disorder or disease, can also be medical malpractice. Advising surgery that you do not need also falls under the umbrella of medical malpractice.
As your lawyer, I will prove three things when I take on your case:
- You were not given the standard of care that you deserved.
- Someone was harmed or lost their life because of this.
- Significant damages are now owed because of their neglect or recklessness.
Not only will I fight tirelessly for you to make sure you get the compensation you deserve, I will also fight to change any policy in place at the medical facility that led to you or your loved one’s harm or death. I will do all of this for you without charging you a single dime, either. I work on a contingency, which means that I don’t get paid unless you get paid.
When you are recovering from the shock and trauma of medical malpractice or negligence, you don’t need to worry about carving time out of your busy schedule for me. Instead, I’ll come to you. I’ll meet you in your home or at the hospital; it’s your choice. If you rather talk to me on the phone, I’ll make sure you can reach me 24/7 by giving you my personal cell phone number. I care, and I want you to know that.
Whether you were harmed at a small clinic or a big hospital, I’ll take your case without hesitation. I take on Big Cases with Big Results. I have nearly 40 years serving the greater Cleveland, Ohio area and I’m now ready to serve you. If you have been harmed due to medical malpractice or negligence, you need to call me right now at 1 (800) 556-4769 for your free initial consultation. I’ll make sure you get the restitution you deserve, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
DISCLAIMER “Please understand the slogan, I’ll Make Them Pay!® is not a guarantee of payment. Both liability and real damages must be proven with a preponderance of the evidence.”