Glossary of Medical Malpractice Law Terms “E”

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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.

Athetosis: Involuntary movements – uncontrolled/unwanted movements.