Is Medical Malpractice a Type of Personal Injury?

While they are quite similar, there are a few key differences between personal injury cases and medical malpractice cases. If you are preparing to file a lawsuit or insurance claim in the aftermath of an injury, you will want to be sure you have a firm grasp of these distinctions.

What is Personal Injury?

A personal injury occurs when either negligence or recklessness results in physical injuries. To receive maximum compensation, an individual and their legal team must prove that the way a third-party acted (or failed to act) directly caused an injury.

There are many types of incidents that can trigger personal injury lawsuits, including:

  • Auto crashes
  • Slip and fall incidents in stores or sidewalks
  • Dog bites
  • Faulty product malfunctions

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a type of personal injury that strictly applies to medical professionals who directly cause injuries with either error or neglect. Medical malpractice cases are centered around proving that professionals failed to meet standard procedures when working with their patient.

The Key Differences Between Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury

There is a clear overlap in the definitions of these terms, but their cases often play out quite differently. Here are a few distinctions to keep in mind:

  • Personal injury cases often end more quickly. In many situations, personal injury lawsuits are more cut and dry than medical malpractice cases. A driver ran a stoplight and crashed into your car. They admit negligence and compensation is provided. Medical malpractice cases are more likely to drag on, as these medical professionals are fighting for their reputation, or even their livelihood.
  • Medical malpractice cases can be riskier. As cases drag on, the cost of continuing to fight may increase. Moreover, medical malpractice cases often require the hiring of expert witnesses, rising costs even higher. Failure to win the case may result in a lack of compensation and an overwhelming loss of funds. That introduces a large element of risk when such cases are often very nuanced and difficult to prove.

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If you or a loved one experienced an injury, you deserve a skilled attorney who will get you the compensation that you deserve. Consult with an experienced attorney like those of the Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence today by clicking here or calling (410) 986-0088. Skype, Zoom and Facetime consultations are available as well.

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