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Tardive dyskinesia – Neurological symptoms caused by long time use of neuroleptic drugs. Some of the symptoms can be movements that are repetitive and involuntary. People may also have uncontrolled movements in the face such as a grimace, tongue protrusion, lip smacking, puckering/pursing of the lips and blinking. They may have fast paced ticks in the arms, legs, trunks, and fingers.

Testamentary capacity – The legal ability to make a will.

Testator – Person who makes a will (Female: testatrix).

Testimony – The evidence given by a witness under oath. It does not include evidence from documents and other physical evidence.

Third degree burn – A full thickness burn which destroys the outer layer of skin and the layer underneath. Read about a nursing home patient who suffered a third-degree burn here.

Tort – A private or civil wrong or injury for which the court provides a remedy through an action for damages.

Tort reform – Changes that may take place in the civil justice system that would lesson tort litigation/damages.  Tort is defined as compensating wrongs and harms done by a party to another person, property or other interests. “Tort reform advocates focus on personal injury in particular.” For discussion of tort reform in the medical context, look here.

Tolling of Statute of Limitations – When it is said that a statute is “tolled”, it means that something has stopped the statute from running for a period of time. Possible reasons when a statute of limitations may be ‘tolled’ are include the fact that the injured party is a minor, disabled or the defendant’s bankruptcy.

Transfer related injury – An injury which occurs when a parient is being moved from one place to another (bed to chair, sit to stand) usually in a residential facility. For discussion of injuries suffered by dropped patients, look here.

Treatise – A formal and systematic book or writing containing a narrative statement on a field of law.

Trial – A judicial examination of issues between parties to an action.

Tuberculosis – A highly contagious infectious disease that is caused by bacteria that affects the lungs but can also interfere with other organs in the body.

Tunneling –  A connection of different lengths through a solid body which is enclosed except for the ends for entering and exiting.

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