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08:46 May 27, 2000
Portuguese to English translations [PRO] Law/Patents
Portuguese term or phrase:Termo de responsabilidade
Termo de responsabilidade assinado pelos pacientes para participarem de um estudo científico.
I hereunder signed waive XXXLabs of any responsibility arising from the treatment ZZZ etc.etc. in which I will participate from ccc to ccc, and am the sole responsible in case of mmm or mmm.
Ivan Costa Pinto United States Local time: 08:00 Native speaker of: Portuguese PRO pts in pair: 47
Explanation: The patient waives his legal rights, allowing the doctors to use him as a guinea-pig. It is also used if one is in a hospital for observation or treatment, and decides to leave before they consider that the treatment is finished. It's a safe way for hospitals and doctors not to fulfil their duties. With all the law-suits in the USA, it's becoming very common.
Rodolfo Beneyto Portugal Local time: 13:00 Native speaker of: Portuguese PRO pts in pair: 8
Explanation: or "liability waiver." Some of the other responses to this query bring up an interesting point in English usage. A patient who is participating in a clinical trial or other medical study usually signs a document known as an "informed consent," part of which consists of the waiver of liability. This waiver by the patient relieves the researchers or investigators of any responsibility if things go wrong during the study. However (and this is where it gets tricky), despite the use of "waiver" as a noun, proper English usage prohibits "waive" as a verb unless the party speaking is waiving a right on his own behalf. In other words, I can waive my own right to take some kind of legal action, but if I'm excusing someone else from having to take responsibility for his actions, I have to say that I RELIEVE that person of liability (caps added for emphasis only). -- Hope this helps a little, HC
Heathcliff United States Local time: 05:00 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 231