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the legal obligation of health care professionals or their insurers to compensate patients for injury or suffering caused by acts of omission or commission by the professionals. Professional liability is a better characterization of the responsibility of all professionals to their patients than is the concept of malpractice, but the idea of professional liability is central to malpractice.
professional liabilityThe obligation that a professional practitioner has to provide care or service that meets the standard of practice for his/her profession–ie, reponsibility; when a professional fails to provide the standard of practice, liability refers to the obligation to pay for damages incurred by negligent acts. See Liability, Malpractice.
The obligation of health care providers or their insurers to pay for damages resulting from the provider’s negligent acts of omission or commission in treating patients.