AskDefine | Define malpractice

Dictionary Definition

malpractice

Noun

1 professional wrongdoing that results in injury or damage; "the widow sued his surgeon for malpractice"
2 a wrongful act that the actor had no right to do; improper professional conduct; "he charged them with electoral malpractices"

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English

Noun

malpractice
  1. the improper treatment of a patient by a physician that results in injury or loss
  2. improper or unethical conduct by a professional or official person

Translations

the improper treatment of a patient by a physician that results in injury or loss
  • Finnish: hoitovirhe
improper or unethical conduct by a professional or official person

Extensive Definition

In law, malpractice is a type of negligence in which the misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance of a professional, under a duty to act, fails to follow generally accepted professional standards, and that breach of duty is the proximate cause of injury to a plaintiff who suffers damages. It is committed by a professional or her/his subordinates or agents on behalf of a client or patient that causes damages to the client or patient. Perhaps the most publicized forms are medical malpractice and legal malpractice by medical practitioners and lawyers respectively, though malpractice suits against accountants (Arthur Andersen) and investment advisors (Merrill Lynch) have featured in the news more recently.
malpractice in German: Amtsdelikt
malpractice in Japanese: 公務員職権濫用罪

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