What is Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | April 4th, 2016

Medical malpractice is one of the most misunderstood legal terms, as it is often confused with medical negligence. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we feel it’s important that potential victims and their families know the difference so they can make an informed decision on what to do next. Let’s take a look at both terms separately.

Medical negligence is improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician or other medical professional. An example of medical negligence is if your physician prescribed the wrong dosage for a medication. That was negligent and improper treatment and would fall under the medical negligence category. However, it can also be medical malpractice if we add one element to the equation: harm.

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by the negligent behavior or treatment of a medical professional. If taking the incorrect medication dosage prescribed led to physical or mental harm, you may be the victim of medical malpractice. The key to a medical malpractice case is injury. If you received negligent care but did not sustain any injuries, you probably don’t have a case.

However, if you believe you were the victim of medical malpractice, call us today. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will investigate the cause of your injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable. Call today for a free consultation.