Q: Is there a legal difference between medical malpractice and negligence?
A: I do not practice in Illinois but your question remains open for three weeks. They are similar in that they both apply the concept of negligence. Medical malpractice law applies it in the realm of medical services while other areas of law apply it in more general settings, such as auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, etc. The underlying concept common to both areas of practice is the existence of a duty, a breach of that duty, injuries/damages, and a causal connection between the breach of duty and ensuing injuries/damages. Medical malpractice law can apply other theories as well.
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