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negligence

Medical malpractice The failure or alleged failure on the part of a physician or other health care provider to exercise ordinary, reasonable, usual, or expected care, prudence, or skill–that would usually and customarily be exercised by other reputable physicians treating similar Pts–in performing a legally recognized duty, resulting in forseeable harm, injury or loss to another; negligence may be an act of omission–ie, unintentional, or commission–ie, intentional, characterized by inattention, recklessness, inadvertence, thoughtlessness, or wantonness. See Adverse event, Comparative negligence, Contributory negligence, Gross negligence, Malpractice, Wanton negligence, Willful negligence. Cf Recklessness.
Negligence, required elements  
Duty A recognized relationship between Pt and physician
Breach Failure of a medical practitioner to practice in accordance with standard of care
Proximate cause The plaintiff must show that injury is reasonably connected to physician's action
Damages Plaintiff must show that alleged loss or damage has a quantifiable value such that a monetary payment can be made APLM 1997; 121:252

duty

(doo′tē, dū′)
A social, professional, legal, or ethical expectation that compels a standard of performance; an obligation or requirement.
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To be human is to be imperfect and it is safe to say that none of us has been or will be consistently flawless in meeting a preeminent standard as never off duty. We all face temptation and periods in our careers (and personal lives) where we may be drawn to convenience, greediness, even luxury, resulting in shortfalls.
That is precisely the situation that Gordon Brown now wishes to change, by having them wear their uniforms at all times including when they are off duty.
Details of whether the offences were committed on or off duty were not revealed by South Wales Police, but a spokeswoman for the force said that in the vast majority of cases, officers were found to have a "legitimate" reason for exceeding the speed limit.
Chief Supt Stephen Dugmore, from Sutton Coldfield police station, said: "PC Smith went beyond the call of duty while off duty with his children."
Take action; talk with the shipmates in your shop and other shops about being safe when you get off duty. We continue to see unwanted and preventable deaths because a victim didn't buckle a seatbelt, fell asleep at the wheel, or had too much to drink.
An off duty police officer arrested the driver of a stolen vehicle after his off duty colleague was assaulted.
Phil Davies, manager of Mid and South Wales Safety Camera Partnership, added: 'Police officers on and off duty have to comply with the law.
Gay Wilson, who was off duty at the time, was travelling on an American Airlines flight when she went to the toilet and claimed to have found a bomb note.
When they go off duty, the process of "coming down" begins to take effect on the body and mind.
Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that as of January 3, 2004, drivers will be allowed behind the wheel for 11 hours out of a 14-hour on-duty period following 10 consecutive hours off duty. The current rule allows 10 hours of driving within a 15-hour on-duty period after just eight hours off.
Ex-soldier Sheila Higham was awarded a war pension even though she was off duty during the attack.
When he is off duty, the unit uses alarms but residents seldom attempt elopement--they've learned with Magic's help that it is inappropriate.