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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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The high court first determined that the general rule that each person has a duty to use ordinary care not to create an unreasonable risk of harm to others applied in Cabral, such that a freeway driver owes other drivers a duty of ordinary care in choosing whether, where and how to stop on the side of the road.
In contrast to ordinary care, a stricter obligation (defined as extraordinary) would be too burdensome for the majority of patients and would impede what he described as a higher, spiritual good.
Owners of the garage asked the court to dismiss the action because they had no legal duty to Scott to warn or otherwise protect him from the consequences of driving an n-foot truck into a beam with an 8-foot-6-inch clearance because it was an open, obvious danger that should have been observed by any person exercising ordinary care for his safety.
THE SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE HELD THAT BECAUSE THE COMPLAINT INCLUDED CLAIMS THAT THE DEFENDANTS WERE NEGLIGENT AS TO BOTH THE MEDICAL TREATMENT AND THE ORDINARY CARE THEY PROVIDED, THE TRIAL COURT ERRED BY GRANTING THE MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON GROUNDS THAT THE GRAVAMEN OF THE COMPLAINT SOUNDED IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE.
No doctor of ordinary care or skill would have prescribed the two drugs at the same time.
Whether investigating the precepts of the natural law, extraordinary versus ordinary care, or relational responsibility, neither historical nor contemporary moral theology ever swerves far from either medical or sexual ethics; thus, the essays of part 2 engage the tradition on topics such as the moral status of the human embryo, contraception, sexual complementarity, and homosexuality.
Thus, not surprisingly, companies struggle to determine what duty is owed and what constitutes "reasonable" or ordinary care.
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