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Many people equate the terms medical negligence and medical malpractice. In a broad sense, they are interchangeable when referring to errors that result from a medical professional. But in a more strict sense, medical negligence refers to one specific, but crucial, part of a medical malpractice case.
One definition of medical negligence states that it is “an act or omission (failure to act) by a medical professional that deviates from the accepted medical standard of care.” Standard of care in medicine refers to the level of treatment that any medical professional would deliver in similar circumstances. Negligence of any kind, including medical, is a central part in determining fault in any personal injury case. When a medical professional deviates from the accepted standard of care in your treatment, they can be deemed negligent.
Examples of how medical negligence can occur include:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Surgical errors
- Prescription errors
- Emergency room errors
- Anesthesia overdose
It’s important to note that medical negligence itself does not necessarily prove medical malpractice. It’s when the negligence leads to personal injury that a malpractice case can be pursued. Because this can be a complex process, you’ll need the help of experienced medical malpractice lawyers to help you navigate your claim.
At Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, we work with a team of medical experts to determine the facts in your case and establish fault by showing that the negligence on behalf of your health care professional resulted in your injury. Through thorough investigation, we’ll pursue the facts to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of medical negligence and want to learn more about your options, call our medical malpractice lawyers today at 407-712-7300 to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve those who live in Orlando and nearby areas of Florida.