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That which produces an effect or condition; that by which a morbid change or disease is brought about.
[L. causa]
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Law & medicine That which creates a condition or results in an effect. See Immediate cause of death, Necessary cause, Proximate cause, Sufficient cause, Underlying cause of death.
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Patient discussion about cause

Q. What Causes Dizziness? My husband is 55 years old. Lately he's been experiencing dizziness when he gets up from sitting for a while. What could be the cause?

A. We often feel dizzy when we are very tired, however real dizziness could indicate on a variety of problems: neurological, cardiovascular (for instance low blood pressure), nutritional (for example lack of glucose), dehydration and more. When someone complains about experiencing dizziness when getting up from sitting or lying down, the cause is usually a sudden drop in blood pressure (called orthostatic hypotension).

Q. What causes dizziness? I’m a 55 years old woman with 2 children, and in the last few weeks I have a feeling of dizziness every time I stand up from my bed. What cause this feeling? Does it mean I have some serious thing? I also have hypertension and diabetes that are usually stable.

A. If this feeling appears solely on standing up, it maybe related to drugs you take to treat your hypertension (It’s called “orthostatic hypertension”). You should report this to your doctor and maybe changing your treatment can make this feeling disappear.

Q. What causes asthma? My 5 year old son has trouble breathing sometimes after he runs around too much. My friend suggested he might have asthma. What causes this disease?

A. Another consideration is that food sensitivities can exacerbate asthma.

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As to those causes of action, the complaint alleged that the Diocese engaged in a long-standing practice of (1) concealing the identities of sexually abusive priests, their sexual assaults, and their pedophilic tendencies; (2) attacking the credibility of victims; (3) protecting sexually abusive priests from criminal prosecution by, among other things, moving them to new parishes without notifying law enforcement or the new parishes of the prior abuse; and (4) falsely holding out those priests as safe to be around children.
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(25) Such causes of action developed as part of the common law, acknowledging that injuries arising from physicians' or surgeons' "neglect or want of [s]kill" constituted a "private wrong" actionable in court.
Statutory causes of action are instead relied upon to obtain financial restitution, which in Alberta is primarily set out under the Fatal Accidents Act (the Survival of Actions Act RSA 2000, c S-27 provides another statutory cause of action but is not relevant in this particular context.
The Court noted that since Bivens, the Supreme Court has proceeded cautiously in implying additional federal causes of action for money damages; and that it decided that the best way to implement a particular constitutional guarantee was to let Congress determine whether it warranted a cause of action.
Peter Birks' taxonomical understanding of the law forms the backbone of this article as it clearly delineates between causes of action and remedies.
This book focuses on the nature of causes of action and their role in the legal process.
Despite a four-year statute of limitation for most causes of action against employers and volunteer entities arising from childhood sexual abuse, plaintiffs often bring decades-old claims and try to avoid the limitation defense.
LEGAL COMMENTARY: The court pointed out that plaintiffs can claim two or more causes of action. one or more fir medical malpractice, failure to obtain inform consent (as well as any others they have) and one or more for infliction of emotional distress.
A more focused action, concentrating on the more meritorious causes of action, would minimize the stimulation that might otherwise occur.