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whats the difference between medical malpractice and medical neglect ??

1 Answers. Asked on Dec 12th, 2011 on Medical Malpractice - Virginia
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John J. Ratkowitz, Esq. at John J. Ratkowitz
Licenced in NJ
Answered on Dec 13th, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence are synonymous. Medical Neglect could be another way of saying Medical Negligence. If that is what the person meant, there is no difference. If the person using the term Medical neglect used it to distinguish the case from a Medical Malpractice case (unlikely), then to me Medical Neglect connotes a failure to act. 

I think you might be overanalyzing someone's choice of words though.

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