Legal Dictionary M

The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ® 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.

Contact the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ® to schedule a free initial consultation.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W – X – Y – Z

Malfeasance – Commission of a wrongful act; evil doing; wrongful conduct.

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.

Material Fact – Generally, a fact essential to a case or a defense without which said case or defense could not be supported.

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.

Misdemeanor – Crimes less serious than felonies.

Misfeasance – Improper performance of a lawful act.

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.

Motion – An application made to a judge for the purpose of obtaining an order directing some act to be done in favor of the party presenting the application.

Moving Party – The party presenting the motion to the court. Compare with non-moving party.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W – X – Y – Z