Medical-legal Terms

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Assault

Threatening a patient

Battery

Touching a patient against their will whether or not you cause them harm

Libel

Writing or drawing something that can be proven to be damaging to another's character or reputation

Slander

Verbalizing something that can be proven to be damaging to another's character or reputation

Informed Consent

Patient must recieve an explanation, (in terms he/she can understand and when he/she is fully alert or competent) of the risks and possible complications of the procedure before he voluntarily signs to give permission.

False Imprisionment

Holding, restrianing or retaining a patient against his will without any legal medical reason to do so.

Felony

A serious crime that carries a penalty of imprisonment for more than one year and possibly the death penalty

Misdemener

A lesser crime

Abandonment

Leaving a patient without turning over his care to another qualified healthcare professional

Invasion of Privacy

A civil wrong that unlawfully makes public knowledge any private or personal information without consent or a the wronged person

Negligence

Commision of an act or failure to perform an act where the respective performance or non-performance deviates from an act that should have been done by a reasonably prudent person under the samee or similar conditions

Malpractice

Negligence as applied to the professional

Will

A legal document that defines disposition of property which take effect after death

Incident Report

This is filled out in the hospital anytime something unusual occurs to either the staff, the patient or a visitor

Tort

Civil wrongs as opposed to crimainal acts which can lead to legal action

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