What is the difference between Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence?

Often we are asked as to whether there is any difference between medical malpractice and medical negligence. The short answer is, no.

The terms are largely interchangeable. The prefix “mal” is Latin for bad or evil. Accordingly, malpractice generally refers to the conduct of a professional such as a doctor, lawyer or accountant which does not meet industry standards.

A medical negligence claim involves the prosecution of proceedings as against a healthcare professional whose treatment does not accord with peer professional opinion as a result of which the patient has suffered injury, loss or damage.

It can be seen therefore that there is little differential in any meaningful sense between medical malpractice and medical negligence. In fact, it can be said that there is no medical negligence without medical malpractice.

Brydens Lawyers are the experts in the prosecution of all medical negligence claims. Strict time limits apply to the prosecution of such claims and in the event that you or anyone you know has any concerns with to treatment received which has resulted in injury, loss or damage, then contact Brydens Lawyers without delay on 1800 848 848 or at brydens.com.au. Brydens Lawyers – #WE DO medical negligence claims.