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MALPRACTICE
An abrogation of a duty owed by a health care provider to the patient; the failure to exercise the degree of care used by reasonably careful practitioners of like qualifications in the same or similar circumstances. For a plaintiff to collect damages in a court of law, the plaintiff's attorney must show that the provider owed the patient a duty and that the provider's violation of the standards of practice caused the patient's injury.
ALSO SEE: PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE, MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

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