Medical Law & Ethics
Wrong and right conduct
Most common type of medical tort liability
The person being sued
When a doctor stops the care of a patient without reasonable notice of discharge from the case.
An attack or threat to do bodily injury to another
The health worker is protected by law if it can be determined that he or she acted reasonable as compared with fellow workers.
Negligence by a professional person
Act that violates criminal law.
Breaking of the law, promise, or duty
The ability to see things from another persons point of view.
Statute of Limitations
Time established for filing law suits
A writ that commands a witness to appear at a trial or other proceedings and to give testimony.
A wrong committed against another or the persons property.
Holding or detaining a person against his will.
Invasion of Privacy
A violation of a persons right not to have his name, photo, or private affairs exposed of and made public with out giving consent.
A major crime for which greater punishment is imposed.
One who institutes a lawsuit.
A legal statement of how an individual's property is to be distributed after death.
Information given by a patient to medical personnel which cannot be disclosed without consent of the person who gave it.
A rule made by a government body.
Injuring the name and reputation of another person by making false statements to a third person.
An agreement between two or more parties of the doing or not doing something.
Lack of physical or mental wellness.
The final decision of a court.
Responsibility of an employer for the acts of an employee
Non Compos Mentis
latin for Not of sound mind
The act of releasing or freeing; when used in reference to a minor, it means that a child is no longer under parental control
Medical Grievance Committee
An impartial panel established to listen to and investigate patients complaints about medical care or excessive fees.
latin for Things done; deeds
Testimony of a witness under oath and written down before trial for possible use when the case comes to trial.
A statute that enforces private right and liabilities, as differentiated from criminal law.
Breach of Duty
Violation or omission of a legal or moral duty.
A deliberate physical attack upon a person.
Qui facit per alium facit per se
latin for He who acts through another acts for himself.
The study of moral issues, questions, and problems arising in the practice of medicine and in biomedical research.
A statement given by an expert in the matter at hand.
A patients failure to act prudently and reasonably.
Assumption of Risk
Consent to treatment based of full understanding of all possible risks of unpreventable results of that treatment.
Conduct, courtesy, and manners customary in the medical profession.
To interrupt or discontinue a suit temporarily with intention for resumption at a later date.
latin for Things decided
That which in natural and continuous sequence, unbroken by any new independent cause, produce an event, and without which the injury would not have occurred.
Res Ipsa Loquitur
latin for The thing speaks for itself
Breach of Contract
Failure to achieve an agreed upon result, even when the highest degree of skill has been used.
Defamation through written statements is
a lawsuit is
an intenational preversion of truth for the purpose of inducing another in reliance upon it to part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right is called
defamation through spoken statements is
failure to act prudently and reasonable, or doing that which a reasonable person would not do under the same or similar circumstances is called