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MLE Exam 1 Ch 1

The US Legal System

Assault A threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily n a person that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact.
Battery Bodily harm or unlawful touching of another. In the medical field, treating the patient without consent is considered battery.
Civil code Comprehensive collection of private laws, usually including common private laws such as those concerning contracts, torts, property, inheritance, and family issues; as opposed to corporate law.
Common law Law of precedents built on a case-b-case basis and established by citing interpretation of existing laws by judges in previous suits. Also known as "judge made law."
Defendant Person or entity sued.
Discovery Process of gathering information in preparation for trial.
Federal court Court having jurisdiction over cases in which the U.S. Constitution and federal statutes apply; these can be federal district courts (trial courts), district courts of appeals, or the U.S. Supreme Court.
Felony Serious crime punishable by relatively large fines and/or imprisonment for more than 1 year and, in some cases, death.
Law The foundation of statutes, rules, and regulations that governs people, relationships, behaviors, and interactions with the state, society, and federal government.
Malpractice The failure of a professional to meet the standard of conduct that a reasonable and prudent member of the profession would exercise in similar circumstances; it results.
Medical ethics Principles based on the medical profession that determine moral behavior.
Medical law Laws that are prescribed specifically pertaining to the medical field.
Misdemeanor Lesser crime punishable by usually modest fines or penalties established by the state or federal government and /or imprisonment of less than 1 year.
Negligence The failure to use such care as a reasonably prudent and careful person would use under similar circumstances.
Plaintiff The person or entity bringing a suit or claim.
Standard of Care The average knowledge and expertise that one can expect from a healthcare professional in the same area or field and with the same base of training.
Statute of limitations Defense against a tort action; a specific amount of time of discovering that a wrong has been committed.
Tort A wrongful act, not including a breach of contract or trust, that results in injury to another's person, property, reputation, or the like, and for which the injured party is entitled to compensation.
Blue or Black What color pen is to be used when charting?
White out ____ may not be used while charting.
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