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Medical Malpractice Glossary

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Tasmar: A drug used to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease. There have been reports of fatal liver injury associated with use of Tasmar.

Terminal Illness: A medical condition which is expected to result in a person’s death within six (6) months; no recovery expected.

Thalidomide: A medicine that was used as a sleep aid and for treatment of morning sickness during pregnancy. It was later discovered that thalidomide causes birth defects and fetal death.

Thimerosal: A preservative that was used in many vaccines. It is suspected that an ingredient in Thimerosal may cause mercury poisoining.

Tort: A civil wrong, giving rise to a cause of action, independent of contract.

Transcript: The official verbatim record of court proceedings.

Trial: A formal presentation of facts to a court or jury in order to reach a legal resolution.