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duty of care

The legal obligation that a person may be owed by another with whom the person has no formal contractual obligation. The concept of duty of care arose in Donoghue v Stevenson, a common law case decided in 1932 in the House of Lords. In medicine, proof of negligence requires that the allegedly negligent party had undertaken an activity which could reasonably harm the plaintiff and that the defendant owed the injured party a duty of care.

duty of care

The legal and moral obligation to act responsibly and prudently, e.g., to avoid taking actions that one may foresee as being potentially hazardous to others.

duty of care,

n the extent to which a healthcare provider must reasonably ensure that no harm comes to a patient under the provider's care.
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Margaret Aitken hailed the result as a victory that established in law that emergency services have a duty of care, which she hopes will prevent any other families going through a similar ordeal.
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