res ipsa loquitur
A legal doctrine under which a plaintiff’s burden to prove a defendant’s negligence is minimal and may not require expert witnesses as the details of the incident are clear and understandable to a jury–e.g., foreign objects, gauze, surgical instruments, left in the patient during surgery.
The doctrine of res ipsa loquitur is evoked whenever damages would not have occurred in absence of negligence or had the person in charge of the patient’s management used “due” care.
The image is that of a Chinese man who went to hospital with chronic stomach pains and was found to have had a surgical clamp inside his abdomen for 37 years.
Latin The thing speaks for itself