There are many different types of crime and punishment in medical law ranging from criminal to civil. Below I will explain the difference of criminal and civil and give descriptions of the different types of crime and punishment in the two categories.
What is a criminal crime or act? The definition of criminal is anyone who has committed a criminal offense (a crime against the state) or who has been proven guilty of such an offense. Criminal crimes have two types of charges, misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is an offense less serious than a felony and which can be punished by a fine or sentence to a local prison for less than a year. A felony is a crime more serious than a misdemeanor and punishable by imprisonment for more than a year or death.
Robbery can be classified as a felony if a victim is injured while carrying out theft. Many Robberies can happen anywhere and unfortunately happen often in the medical field. Nursing homes and home health agencies often get reports of missing jewelry or money. Elderly are often victims of robbery due to their willingness to help others and for some there demented state of mind. Robberies can take please in a physician’s office or hospital setting. A patient can be overcharged for care or for an additional service that was not provided to the patient. If a victim is injured from a robbery it can be fatal. Then the robbery would turn to murder.
Murder, Attempted Murder, Euthanasia and Manslaughter are all criminal acts classified as felonies. All must be proven guilty of reasonable doubt before charged of such criminal crimes by a jury. Murder is defined as an act done with the intent to kill the victim. Attempted murder is an incomplete act of trying to kill someone. Nursin...
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...stry. Today there are many systems put in place to protect workers as well as patients. When working in the medical field it is important to follow all guidelines and procedures thoroughly to avoid any of the instances mentioned above.
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