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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 defendant 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 testimoney; under oath, in response to interrogation (written and/or oral questioning).
Emancipated Minor
Minor whose parents have surrendered all rights/claims, responsibilites in relation to him. Generally regarded as able to consent for themselves. A married, divoced 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, in custody
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, such as tickets and fines.
Non Compos Mentis
Not of Sound Mind: insane. Any mental derangement.
Plaintiff
The person who complains; the accuser; he who brings suit.
Proximate Cause
Probable cause.
Res Gestae
An exception to the hearsay rule. Evidence admissible even though it may be "hearsay".
Slander
Defamation of character by verbal statements.
Subpoena Duces Tecum
The order which state you are required to bring also any books, documents or other things under his control, and to produce them as evidence
Medical Practice Acts
State laws which govern the methods and requirements in gaining a licnese to practice medicine. Includes what a physician can practice in his field or specialty and grounds for suspension or revocation of license.
Morbidity
The relative incidence of disease.
Principles of Medical Ethics
Ten section code condensed by the AMA in 1957 to aid the physician to individually and collectively maintain a high level of ethical conduct.
Reciprocity
The acceptance of one state's standards as at least equal to or superior to their own.
Revocation
The cancellation or summoning back of a license/act.
Statute
Any written law.
Tort
A civil wrong.
Agent
A person with the legal right to speak/act on behalf of another. The person is legally responsible for the actions and/or statements made by the agent on his behalf.
Breach
The breaking or violating of a law, promise, contract or duty.
Civil Law
The laws of a state or nation which deal with the enforcement of civil rights. Disputes between citizens: violation of rights by one person to another.
Common Law
Unwritten law that is based on customs or court decisions.
Confidential Relationship
A relationship in which one cannot reveal information given to him by another without the express consent (permission) of the other, unless required by law.
Criminal Law
Laws that pertain to crime and it's punishements.
Doctrine of Respondeat Superior
"The law of agency" The doctor is principle; you are his agent
Ethics
A set of behavioral/moral standards formed by a particular group or profession which attemts to govern the actions or behavior of the members of that group.
Felony
A crime more serious than a misdemeanor.
Good Samaitan Law
Laws exempting phycisicans and other medical professionsls from liability for treatment given in accident cases.
Grievance Committee
Group extablished by the local medical society who hear and investigate complains about physicians in the area regarding professional care or excessive fees charged.
Implied Consent
To give consent by inference or action but without the express statement.
Informed Consent
To give consent, having full knowledge of the matter at hand and the dangers that may be involved (written)