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crime
an act that violates criminal law
litigation
a lawsuit
litigant
either party directly involved in a lawsuit
plaintiff
one who initiates a lawsuit
defendant
a person who is being sued
summons
a legal notice to a defendant in a lawsuit requiring his/her appearance in court at a certain place and time
subpoena
a writ that commands a witness to appear at a trial and give a testimony
subpoena duces tecum
an order to appear in court with documents
judgement
final decision of the court in a lawsuit
medical arbitration panel
established to listen and to investigate patients' complaints about medical care and excessive fees
breach
the breaking of a law, duty or promise
breach of duty
violation or omission of a legal or moral duty
invasion of privacy
violation of a person's right to have his/her name, photograph, or private affairs exposed or made public without consent
reasonable care
actions by a healthcare worker that are considered reasonable as compared to health care workers in the same field
incompetence
lack of physical or mental fitness
false imprisonment
holding or detaining a person against his/her will
will
a legal statement of how an individual's propert will be divided after death
contract
an agreement between two or more parties for the doing or not doing of some definite thing
Privileged communication
information given by the patient to medical personnell which cannot be disclosed without consent of the person who gave it
malpractice
negligence by a professional person
bioethics
the branch of study of moral isues, questions, and problems arising in the practice of medicine and in biomedical research
etiquette
conduct, courtesy, and manners customary in the medical profession
ethics
defines right and wrong conduct
controlled substance act of 1970
requires a doctor who administers narcotics to be registered with the DEA and have a narcotics license
law
a rule of conduct made by a government body