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Economic damages – Generally refers to fixed expenses for past or future hospitalizations or medical care.

Elder abuse – Elder abuse is doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to an elderly person or puts a helpless older person at risk of harm. This includes: physical abuse; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; neglecting or deserting an older person you are responsible for or taking or misusing an elderly person’s money or property.  Elder abuse may occur in any setting– inside the home or outside the home, such as in a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility.  All 50 states have laws against elder abuse. Learn more via our Elder Abuse Infographic.

Elder care – Any service provided to elders at home, group-home, assisted living or nursing home to help them achieve the highest feasible level of functioning. Usually elder care refers to care provided over an extended period of time to people who rely on caregivers due to loss of physical or mental ability.

Elopement – When a patient or resident who is cognitively, physically, mentally, emotionally, and/or chemically impaired; wanders away, walks away, runs away, escapes, or otherwise leaves a nursing home, care-giving facility or environment unsupervised, unnoticed, and/or prior to their scheduled discharge.  Many instances involving patient elopement result in severe injury or death.

Emotional abuse – Emotional abuse of an elder is commonly defined as a pattern of behavior by caregivers that can seriously interfere with a senior’s cognitive, emotional or psychological safety. Emotional abuse of a senior — also referred to as psychological abuse.

Endotracheal tube – A breathing tube used for a time for breathing allowing the airway to remain open; a curved tube placed through the patient’s nose or mouth in the trachea

Entity – A person or legally recognized organization.

Epilepsy – Epilepsy is a brain disorder involving repeated, spontaneous seizures of any type. Seizures (also referred to as “fits” or “convulsions”) are episodes of disturbed brain function that cause changes in attention or behavior. They are caused by abnormally excited electrical signals in the brain.

Eroding policy – Cost of defense is deducted from the policy limits.

Escrow – Money or a written instrument such as a deed that, by agreement between two parties, is held by a neutral third party (held in escrow) until all conditions of the agreement are met.

Esophageal dysphagia –  Comes from part of the body, of the esophagus, lower esophageal sphincter, or cardia of the stomach, usually due to mechanical causes or motility problems. For further discussion of dysphagia, look here.

Estate – A person’s property.

Estoppel – An impediment that prevents a person from asserting or doing something contrary to his own previous assertion or act.

Evidence – Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.

Execute – To complete; to sign; to carry out according to its terms.

Executor – A personal representative, named in a will, who administers an estate.

Exhibit – A document or other item introduced as evidence during a trial or hearing.

Ex parte – On behalf of only one party, without notice to any other party. For example, a request for a search warrant is an ex parte proceeding, since the person subject to the search is not notified of the proceeding and is not present at the hearing.

Ex parte proceeding – Action Circumstances which render a crime less aggravated, heinous, or reprehensible than it would otherwise be.

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