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Med. Law Ethics 2

Medical Law and Ethics Terminology Quiz 2

Accessory A person who, even if not present is related with the performance of a felonious act (Crime).
Battery The use of force or violence upon the person of another "Treatment without consent".
Contributory Negligence Negligence on the part of the plaintiff which is proximate (probable) cause of or contributing to the patient's injury.
Defendant The accused: he who denies or defends against the accusations of another.
Deposition Written testimony; under oath, in response to interrogation (written and/or oral questioning).
Emancipated Minor Minor whose parents have surrendered all rights/claims, responsibilities in relation to him. Generally regarded as able to consent for themselves. A married, divorced or pregnant minor.
Guardian One entrusted by the law with the care and/or property of another.
Liable Bound or obliged by law; responsible; chargeable.
Locum Tenens "Holding the Place" A deputy, substitute, lieutenant or representative.
Malfeasance The performance of an improper action.
Misfeasance The improper performance of an action which is approved.
Nonfeasance Failure to perform an approved action.
Misdemeanor A crime less serious than a felony.
Non Compos Mentis Not of sound mind; insane. Any mental derangement.
Plaintiff The person who complains; the accuser; he who brings suit.
Res Gestae An exception to the hearsay rule. Evidence admissible even though may be "hearsay".
Res Ipsa Loquitur "The thing speaks for itself". Obvious charge. Circumstantial evidence doctrine: nature of the injury strongly or obviously implicates negligence.
Slander Defamation of character by verbal statements.
Proximate Cause The cause of the injury was closely related to the defendant's negligence.
Created by: charndoug