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Cleveland Malpractice Lawyers Define the Differences Between Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury

Say you get hurt. You slip and fall at an acquaintance’s house and break your leg. You want to recover the costs associated with your care and your lost wages.  Most people know that you would go see a personal injury lawyer to make a claim against the homeowner. Now, let’s say that while you were getting care for your leg, the doctor used the wrong surgical device and actually made your break worse.  So much worse that you needed an additional surgery and had to stay in the hospital, where you contacted a Hospital Acquired Infection and ultimately ended up having to have your leg amputated.  Well, if you want to make a claim against the surgeon, we’re talking about needing a different kind of lawyer, one who focuses on medical mistakes, a medical negligence or “medical malpractice” attorney.

Most people understand that if a person suffers a physical or emotional injury due to the carelessness of someone else, the injury falls under so-called “Personal Injury Law.” But when that injury is the direct result of the mistake of a medical professional, then you need a more specialized type of attorney, a medical malpractice attorney.  All malpractice attorneys are personal injury attorneys because medical malpractice is a type of personal injury, but not all personal injury attorneys are malpractice attorneys. As a middle school math teacher might show it in a Venn diagram:

Medical malpractice is a type of personal injury

Both personal injury and medical malpractice law serve to correct a civil wrong when an individual is injured through no fault of his own. However, medical malpractice is a subset of personal injury. There are many areas of similarity, but medical malpractice cases are much more complex than routine car accident cases or slip and fall cases. At The Eisen Law Firm, our attorneys decided long ago to concentrate solely on medical malpractice claims. We are very careful in the selection of the cases that we take on, so that we can ensure our clients receive the dedicated attention required for the complexities of a medical negligence claim.

What medical malpractice and personal injury have in common

Because medical malpractice is a type of personal injury, the two areas are very closely related. The following broadly outlines their surface similarities:

Important distinctions between medical malpractice and personal injury

The differences between general personal injury and medical malpractice are obvious when you have been through a medical negligence case. These claims are extremely difficult, requiring extensive time, research and documentation. They also typically cost far more to litigate and to take to trial. The following are other distinctions between these areas of practice:

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Our dedication to the sole practice of this subset of personal injury is what makes us unique in medical malpractice law in Ohio. Don’t trust your serious malpractice case to just any firm. Call 216-687-0900 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation and discover how we can help your serious medical malpractice claim. The Eisen Law Firm serves Cleveland, Toledo, Akron, Lorain, Columbus, and the rest of Ohio.