Medical Negligence Vs. Medical Malpractice in MD | What You Should Know

There are few things more unsettling and upsetting than depending on a doctor for medical treatment, only to find that your doctor made the situation worse either by committing an act of medical malpractice or medical negligence. Fortunately, our firm is here to help, and the first step of doing so is determining whether your case is that of malpractice or negligence. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about how these cases are different and how we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How is medical negligence defined?

Medical negligence is when a doctor makes a mistake that harms his or her patient. There is no deliberate decision to harm the patient when it comes to medical negligence. For example, if you are someone who went under anesthesia for a procedure, and the doctor improperly dosed you with anesthesia by mistake, thereby harming you, you can sue that doctor for medical negligence.

How is medical malpractice defined?

Medical malpractice, on the other hand, is when a doctor has a duty of care towards a patient and breaches that duty of care by knowingly diverting from the standard course of treatment, thereby harming his or her patient and causing that patient so incur significant damages as a result. Though medical malpractice usually does not involve malicious intent, the fact that the doctor knowingly opted to ignore the standard course of care and harmed a patient, as a result, is grounds for a medical malpractice claim. It is critical that you hire an attorney who understands the difference between medical negligence and medical malpractice, as the circumstances surrounding your case will affect the strategy your attorney chooses to pursue.

What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Maryland?

If you are someone who has been injured in an incident of medical malpractice or medical negligence, you are most likely seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Our firm can help you receive this compensation, however, it is critical that you do not wait to speak with us. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, which means that you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible. Our firm is ready to help you today–all you have to do is ask.


The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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