Medical Malpractice Dictionary: Privilege


Privilege: The concept of special legal confidentiality of certain information

Privilege: Privilege in the law refers to special legal restrictions preventing the disclosure of certain types of information, mainly the communications and discussions between people under some circumstances. For example, certain information may be prevented from being used as evidence in a lawsuit (by the opposing party), but you may be able to waive privilege to introduce some such material if you are the client/patient. The best known type is attorney-client privilege, but there is also doctor-client privilege and other types. Note that privilege is not always absolute, and you need to consult with an attorney about whether certain communications or information are privileged or not. For example, not all communications between a person and an attorney are necessarily privileged.

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