duty of care


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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.
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Modern definitions of duty of care and its significance for legal cases of negligence stem from a landmark 1932 British tort case, Donoghue vs Stevenson, also known as 'the snail in a bottle case' (Bryden & Storey, 2011; Fullbrook, 2005; Johnson, 2004; Murphy, 1980).
In establishing negligence, several elements must be proven by the claimant: that a duty of care was owed to them by the defendant; that the duty was breached by the defendant; that the claimant suffered some form of reasonably foreseeable harm or damage; that this harm was caused by the defendant's breach of duty of care (Bryden & Storey, 2011; NZNO, 2016).
For New Zealand nurses, the legal application of a duty of care is informed by other legislation including the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA) and the New Zealand Nursing Council Registered Nurse Scope of Practice and Competencies.
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