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An infraction or violation of the law, which is either intentional (an act of commission) or unintentional (an omission).

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noun A term used in the context of time-dependent health care targets in the UK, in which a particular type of patient interaction with NHS health providers did not occur in the desired time frame. In A&E (casualty), patients must be seen within 4 hours, regardless of their level of acuity; any longer than 4 hours is regarded as a breach. For cancer targets, a patient is said to have breached when he/she has not been seen by an oncologist within 31 days of an urgent GP referral, or if definitive cancer therapy has not begun or at least been offered to the patient within 62 days of an urgent GP referral.

verb To have not begun definitive therapy for cancer within 62 days (as required by government cancer targets).


Medical malpractice The failure or alleged failure on the part of a physician or other health care provider to exercise ordinary, reasonable, usual, or expected care, prudence, or skill–that would usually and customarily be exercised by other reputable physicians treating similar Pts–in performing a legally recognized duty, resulting in forseeable harm, injury or loss to another; negligence may be an act of omission–ie, unintentional, or commission–ie, intentional, characterized by inattention, recklessness, inadvertence, thoughtlessness, or wantonness. See Adverse event, Comparative negligence, Contributory negligence, Gross negligence, Malpractice, Wanton negligence, Willful negligence. Cf Recklessness.
Negligence, required elements  
Duty A recognized relationship between Pt and physician
Breach Failure of a medical practitioner to practice in accordance with standard of care
Proximate cause The plaintiff must show that injury is reasonably connected to physician's action
Damages Plaintiff must show that alleged loss or damage has a quantifiable value such that a monetary payment can be made APLM 1997; 121:252


n action taken by one party in an agreement that serves to convince the other party that the terms of the contract will not be fulfilled. The faithful party may consider the contract canceled at that point.
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Once ID Analytics receives a file of the breached data from an organization, it compares the data in the file against the ID Network, consequently issuing either certification that no misuse has been found, or, issuing a harm report with details on the affected individuals.
Announced in December, the detailed analysis showed that few of the breached identities appeared to be misused for criminal financial gain.
the complaint alleged that the defendants breached a 1994 Agreement of Purchase and Sale involving the acquisition of the plaintiffs' O&P business.
In reaching her decision, Judge Murphy concluded that Weyerhaeuser breached four contractual warranties it made to Paragon, that the warranties were enforceable, and that the Paragon estate is entitled to recover damages arising from or relating to Weyerhaeuser's breach of the warranties.
Swift breached his fiduciary duties by, among other things, conspiring with Boyce and others by breaching his confidentiality obligations as a certified public accountant.
According to Alrov, Hilton breached in a crude and flagrant fashion its fiduciary duties towards Alrov, did not act in good faith, and breached its obligation of transparency; all of which are obligations imposed on Hilton by the management agreement.