Accountable under the law.
Standard of Care
The level of performance expected of a health care practitioner in carrying out his or her professional duties.
Duty of care
The legal obligation of health care workers to patients and sometimes nonpatients.
The act of holding information in confidence, not to be released to unauthorized individuals.
information hneld confidential within a protected relationship.
The performance of a totally wrongful and unlawful act.
the performance of a lawful act in an illegal or improper manner.
the failure to act when one should
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 to be called
monetary awards sought by plaintiffs in lawsuits.
wrongful death statutes
State statutes that allow a persons beneficiaries to collect for loss to the estate of the deceased for future earnings when a death is judged to have been due to negligence.
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
A legal document requiring the recipient to appear as a witness in court or to give a deposition
sworn testimony given and recorded outside the courtroom during the pretrial phase of a case
a written set of questions requiring written answers from a plaintiff or defendant under oath.
Subpoena duces tecum
A legal document requiring the recipient to bring certain written records to court to be used as evidence in a lawsuit.
Statements sworn to under oath by witnesses testifying in court and giving depositions.
alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
Settlement of civil disputes between parties using neutral mediators or arbitrators without going to court.