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Gross negligence and medical malpractice

While most Illinois residents don't concern themselves with legal terms in their daily lives, many people have a good grasp on the concept of negligence, even above and beyond the potential legal use of this term. In essence, negligence, both in regular life and in legal terms, means that some has acted inappropriately in a situation in which more was expected from them, and there were physical or financially consequences as a result.

However, in a legal situation, there can be instances when conduct or behavior amounts to more than just negligence. It could amount to gross negligence. This more powerful term is oftentimes seen in medical malpractice cases.

Gross negligence in a medical malpractice case usually means that the conduct or behavior - which was engaged in by a doctor or other medical professional - was so incredibly wrong or reckless that anyone could have seen that it was an error. For instance, it usually doesn't take a medical degree to see where a person was seriously injured if there is blood or broken bones that are easily observable. But, if a medical professional in that type of situation performs a medical procedure on another part of the person's body that wasn't injured instead, that could amount to gross negligence.

Illinois residents who believe they have been the victim of medical malpractice may need to get more legal information about their own particular case. The incident could have been a case of regular negligence, or it could rise to the level of gross negligence.

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