Can Medical Negligence be Considered Murder?

There is nothing that can compare to the horror and sadness of losing a loved one, especially when that loved one simply went in for what was considered a routine and basically “safe” medical procedure. Sadly, though, this does sometimes happen, and, when it does, it is called medical malpractice.

Many people who have lost loved ones as a result of medical malpractice want the offending doctors and/or other medical professionals to be charged to the fullest extent of the law. Some even wish to go so far as to have these people charged with “murder.” Believe it or not, in very, very rare instances, this actually can happen!

The separation between what counts as medical malpractice and murder all lies with intent. If a doctor or other healthcare professional actually intended to cause harm or death to your loved one, a murder charge could potentially be brought. However, this hardly ever happens. More often than not, the death of a precious loved one is due to neglect or a mistake, known as medical negligence.

With that said, though, there are some instances in which medical malpractice can be classified not as murder but as homicide, which is almost as serious. If, for example, a medical professional showed gross negligence or risk, such as being very drunk when performing a procedure, this could potentially be classified as homicide. Still, more often than not, medical malpractice will be the charge brought against the people responsible.

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, the best thing to do is to contact a malpractice lawyer. These professionals can review your case and determine what charges, if any, should be brought against those responsible. These people may not end up charged as harshly as you would prefer and find just, but you can still seek some level of justice with the right help just the same.