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liable

legally responsible or obligated

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standard of care

the level of performance expected of a health care practitioner in carrying out his or her professional duties

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duty of care

the legal obligation of health care workers to patients and, sometimes, nonpatients

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reasonable person standard

the standard of behavior that judges a person's actions in a situation according to what a reasonable person would or would not do under similar circumstances

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confidentiality

the act of holding information in confidence, not to be released to unauthorized individuals

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privileged communication

information held confidential within a protected relationship

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malfeasance

the performance of a totally wrongful and unlawful act

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misfeasance

the performance of a lawful act in an illegal or improper manner

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nonfeasance

the failure to act when one should

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res ipsa loquitur

" the thing speaks for itself"; also known as the doctrine of common knowledge. a situation that is so obviously negligent that no expert witnesses need be called

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damages

monetary awards sought by plaintiffs in lawsuits

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wrongful death statutes

state`statutes that allow a person's beneficiaries to collect for loss to the estate of the decreased for future earnings when a death is judged to have been due to negligence

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summons

a written notification issued by the clerk of the court and delivered with a copy of the complaint to the defendant in a lawsuit, directing him or her to respond to the charges brought in a court of law

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subpoena

a legal document requiring the recipient to appear as a witness in court or to give a deposition

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deposition

sworn testimony given and recorded outside the courtroom during the pretrial phase of a case

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interrogatory

a written set of questions requiring written answers from a plaintiff or defendant under oath

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subpoena duces tecum

a legal document requiring the recipient to bring certain written records to court to be used as evidence in a lawsuit

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testimony

statements sworn to under oath by witnesses testifying in court and giving depositions

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alternative dispute resolution(ADR)

settlement of civil disputes between parties using neutral mediators or arbitrators without going to court