Glossary of Terms

Absolute Liability

Compensatory Damages

Iatrogenic: Due to the action of a physician or induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures

Medical Negligence: Failure of a physician or other medical personnel to meet the standards of conduct for duties relating to the medical profession.

Negligence: A legal concept in common law legal systems usually used to achieve compensation for injuries. Negligence is a type of tort.

NHRA: Nursing Home Reform Act

Punitive Damages

Strict Liability

Tort Law: tort law defines what constitutes a legal injury and establishes the circumstances under which one person may be held liable for another's injury. Torts cover intentional acts and accidental acts.

Wrongful Death: A death that occurs because of someone else's malice, negligence, or recklessness.