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Legal Terms

TermDefinition
CONTRACT Agreement between two or more parties
TORT A wrongful act that does not involve a contract. It is called a civil wrong instead of a crime. eg. Neglience, malpractice, assault and battery
SLANDER Is oral and spoken false statements of defamation
LIBEL Is a written false statement of defamation
DEFAMATION A false statement either cause a person to be ridiculed or damage the person's reputation
CONFIDENTIALITY Means the information about the patient must remain private and only shared with others taking care of the patient.
LEGAL They are created and enforce by the federal, state or local government. It is rule that must be followed.
AGENT Is a person that works under the direction and control of another person. eg. the employee is the agent.
ETHICS Are a set of principles related to what is morally right or wrong.
FALSE IMPRISONMENT Restraining an individual or restricting an individual's freedom without authorization.
MALPRACTICE Bad practice. The failure of a professional to use the degree of skill and learning commonly expected in their profession, resulting in injury, loss or damage to the person receiving care.
ASSAULT A threat or attempt to injury someone. eg. I will whip your butt.
NEGLIGENCE Failure to give care that is normally expected of a person in a particular position, resulting in injury to another person
PATIENT'S RIGHT Are factors of care that the patient are expected to receive.
LIVING WILL A legal form stating what measures should or should not be taken to prolong life.
DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY (POA) This document permits an individual to appoint another person to make decisions regarding health care,if the person is unconconscious.
DNR Do Not Resuscitate. It is stated in a living will
BATTERY The unlawful touching of another person without consent. the hitting and grabbing a person
PRINICIPAL The employer is called this word. The employer has people working for them. The employer s required to pay the agent (employee)
ADVANCE DIRECTIVES Legal documents that allows individuals to state what medical treatment they want or do not want in the event that they become incapacitated and unable to express their wishes.
Created by: healthjuniors