Glossary of Medical Malpractice
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Negligence: Failure to exercise that
degree of care that a reasonable person would exercise under the same
circumstances. When that failure causes another person to suffer an injury or
financial loss, that person may be entitled to just compensation through our
civil justice system.
Nevirapine: A drug prescribed for use in
combination with other anti-HIV drugs. Nevirapine can cause a severe rash in
some patients. Reports have also associated nevirapine with hepatotoxicity, a
condition which can result in liver damage and death.
Norplant: A contraceptive device that is
implanted in the patient, and provides birth control by releasing active agents
over time. Norplant has been associated with side effects such as irregular
menstrual bleeding, headache, nervousness, depression, nausea, dizziness, skin
rash, acne, change of appetite, breast tenderness, weight gain, enlargement of
the ovaries, and excessive growth of body or facial hair.
Nursing malpractice: An intentional act or
negligence committed by a member of the nursing profession that causes physical,
financial, cognitive, emotional or psychosocial damage to a patient under their
care. Cases of nursing malpractice commonly involve cases of nursing negligence.
This type of nursing malpractice is defined as a nursing professional's failure
to exact the degree of care, skill, and prudence that a reasonable professional
would under similar conditions.
Nursing Home Malpractice: Any intentional
act or negligence committed by a nursing home professional which causes injury