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AT Legal Principles

Athletic Training Legal Terms

What is Malpractice? Liability-generated conduct associated with the adverse outcome of patient treatment.
What is a Breach of Contract? An unexcused failure to perform the services specified in a contract, either formal or informal.
What is a Tort? A legal wrong, other than breach of contract, for which a remedy will be provided, usually in the form of monetary damages. Three types are intentional, negligent, or strict liability.
What is Negligence? A type of tort in which an athletic trainer fails to act as a reasonably prudent athletic trainer would act under the circumstances. (Follow athletic training standards)
Omission vs. Commission? Omission is a failure to act when there was a legal duty to do so. Commission is an action that violates a legal duty.
What is Abandonment? The desertion of a patient-practitioner relationship by the health care provider without the consent of the patient.
What is actual cause? The degree to which a health care practitioner's actions are associated with the adverse outcomes of a patients care.
What is proximate legal cause? The degree to which the harm caused by a health care practitioner was foreseeable.
What is Foreseeability? The ability to project the likely outcome of an act.
Created by: tprice2