Consider the following scenario: You trip and fall at the grocery store, which results in a broken leg. You want to get compensated for your health care costs and lost wages. You realize that you would want to consult with a personal injury attorney to assist you with a claim against the supermarket. But in this same situation, you receive medical care from a doctor who uses an incorrect surgical device which makes your injured leg require an additional surgery. While you’re in the hospital, you acquire an infection with the end result being an amputation of your leg. Suddenly, it occurs to you that you might need another type of attorney for your claim against the surgeon. You ask around and realize that you want someone who specializes in medical malpractice. Read on to understand the difference between personal injury and medical malpractice.
Personal Injury vs. Medical Malpractice
By being exposed to solicitations and legal advertising, many people realize that when someone experiences a physical or emotional injury due to another party’s fault, then they could pursue a claim under personal injury law and would seek this type of attorney. However, if that injury is the direct result of a medical professional like a physician, then you would consult with a medical malpractice attorney. Medical malpractice is a legal specialty under the umbrella of “personal injury law.” Thus, all malpractice lawyers are personal injury lawyers, but not all personal injury lawyers are malpractice lawyers.