Glossary of Medical Malpractice
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Eligible Survivor: A lawful spouse if
living on the date a benefit payment is due. If the spouse is not living, the
term means dependent children.
Enbrel: Medication for reducing signs and
symptoms and delaying structural damage in patients with moderately to severely
active rheumatoid arthritis. Some patients treated with Enbrel® are reported to
have developed serious infections.
Ephedra: Once used in a number of
over-the-counter dietary supplements, Ephedra contains ephedrine, which acts as
a stimulant and bronchodilator. While it may help those with asthma breathe,
ephedrine poses significant health risks for the casual user. Ephedrine has been
reported to contribute to heart attack, stroke, seizures, psychosis and death.
Established customary standard of care:
Degree of care and skill that the average qualified doctor would provide to a
patient who sought medical care for similar symptoms and circumstances.
Evidence: A fact presented in court
through the testimony of a witness, an object or written documents.
Exhibit: A document or object that is
offered into evidence during a trial or hearing.