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Ethics Terms 2

Medical Law & Ethics Terms 2

The performance of an improper action. (Illegal; wrongful act Malfeasance
The improper performance of an action which is approved Misfeasance
Failure to perform an approved action. (Did no action) nonfeasance
A crime less serious than a felony. misdemeanor
Not of sound mind; insane. Any mental derangement. non compos mentis
The person who complains; the accuser; he who brings suit. plaintiff
A person who, even if not present, is related with the performance of a felonious act (crime) accessory
The use of force or violence upon the person of another "Treatment without consent". (Even a touch w/o consent) battery
Negligence on the part of the plaintiff which is proximate (probable) cause of or contributing to the patient's injury. Contributory Negligence
The Accused: he who denies or defends against the accusations of another. Defendant
The cause of the injury was closely related to the defendant's Proximate Cause
An exception to the hearsay rule. Evidence admissible even though may be "hearsay". Res Gestae
"The thing speaks for itself". Obvious charge. Circumstantial evidence doctrine; nature of the injury strongly or obviously implicates negligence. Res Ipsa Loquitor
Defamation of character by verbal statement. slander
The order which states you are required to bring also any books, documents or other things under his control & to produce them as evidence. Subpoena Duces Tecum
Written testimony; under oath, in response to interrogation (written and / or oral questioning). deposition
Minor whose parents have surrendered all rights / claims, responsibilities in relation to him. Able to consent for themselves. emancipated minor
One entrusted by the law with the care and / or property of another. Guardian
Bound or obliged by law; responsible; chargeable. Liable
"Holding the place" A deputy, substitute, lieutenant or representative. Locum Tenens
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