The Difference Between Medical Negligence and Medical Malpractice

You probably are familiar with the term “medical malpractice,” but you may not have heard the term “medical negligence” as often. Proving medical negligence can be an essential part of a malpractice suit.


Medical negligence is “an act or omission (failure to act) by a medical professional that deviates from the accepted medical standard of care.” The medical standard of care refers to the type of care that a healthcare professional with a similar background would have provided under the same circumstances.


If medical negligence causes harm to the patient (makes the patient’s condition worse, causes unexpected complications, or causes the need for additional medical treatment), this may lead to a medical malpractice suit.


Unfortunately, these types of cases are not rare. Government studies prove that sizable numbers of Americans are harmed as a result of medical errors. Even though most medical providers are professional and competent, mistakes happen.


Uncovering all the facts for a medical malpractice suit can be difficult. Hiring an attorney who has a lot of experience with medical malpractice cases is essential. It’s also important to hire someone who understands the emotions of the situation.


If you were harmed by the actions (or inactions) of someone in the medical industry, contact Aaron Woods of Woods Law KC. Woods has been helping Kansas City residents fight for justice for decades. Woods is licensed in both Missouri and Kansas and is ready to do the necessary research to assist you with your medical malpractice case.


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