DeMayo Law Offices have provided you with a legal dictionary so that you can better understand some of the legal vocabulary used throughout our website and during your personal injury claim.
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Malpractice – Malpractice can occur in any professional setting when a person is injured as the result of breach of duty, negligence, or lack of ordinary skill. Medical malpractice is a common form of malpractice that our lawyers deal with.
Medical Malpractice – Broadly, a claim brought against a health care professional based on professional negligence wherein the health care professional violates the applicable standard of care and an injury results.
Member – In relation to health care, a member is a person who belongs to a health care plan, like an HMO.
Mental Anguish – The pain, torment, distress, or suffering of emotions as the result of the negligence of another.
Mitigation of Damages or Doctrine of Avoidable Consequences – Imposes a duty on victims of a tort to take reasonable steps to minimize their damages after an injury has been inflicted.
Moving Party – The party presenting the motion to the court. Compare with non-moving party.