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1505 Legal Terms

SRGT 1505 Legal/Ethical

Aeger Primo It is Latin for "Patient First" a motto for Surgical Technologists
Abandonment When a health care professional has already received a pt., and then suddenly walks away while the pt. is still in need, without securing the services of an adequate substitute.
Advance directives Legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time.
Assault An unlawful threat to harm someone physically.
Battery Carrying out bodily harm, from touching someone without consent to, actually causing injury.
Causation Action directly or indirectly causing injury.
Common law system A legal system that gives great precedential weight to common law, on the principle that it is unfair to treat similar facts differently on different occasions.
Corporate liability Determines the extent to which a corporation as a legal person can be liable for the acts and omissions of the natural persons it employs.
Damages Compensation awarded to make restitution for an injury or a wrong.
Defendant Person named as the object of a lawsuit.
Deposition Statement given under oath that is a documentation of fact used in a court of law.
Jury A group of people who are selected and sworn to inquire into matters of fact and to reach a verdict on the basis of the evidence presented to them.
Liability Legally responsible for personal actions.
Malpractice Substandard delivery of care that results in harm.
Negligence Careless performance of duty --- a form of malpractice.
Perjury A crime that occurs when an individual willfully makes a false statement during a judicial proceeding, after he or she has taken an oath to speak the truth.
Personal liability A financial obligation for which an individual is responsible and which may be satisfied out of his or her assets.
Plaintiff Person who initiates a lawsuit.
Primum non nocere A Latin phrase that means "first, do no harm".
Statutory law or statute law Written law set down by a legislature. May originate with national, state legislatures or local municipalities.
Subpoena A formal document that orders a named individual to appear before a duly authorized body at a fixed time to give testimony.
Tort Law deals with situations where a person's behavior has unfairly caused someone else to suffer loss or harm. Not necessarily an illegal act but causes harm.
Intentional torts Any intentional acts that are reasonably foreseeable to cause harm to an individual, and that do so. Require an overt act, some form of intent, and causation.
False imprisonment Restraint of a person in a bounded area without justification or consent
Defamation Communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government, religion, or nation a negative or inferior image.
Invasion of privacy Unlawfully intrudes into private affairs, discloses private information, publicizes in a false light, or appropriates names for personal gain.
Unintentional Tort Unintended accident that leads to injury, property damage or financial loss.
Negligence Failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances.
Malpractice Fails to follow generally accepted professional standards, and that breach of duty is the proximate cause of injury to a plaintiff who suffers harm.
Trial Principal method for resolving legal disputes that parties cannot settle by themselves or thought less formal methods.
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