What is duty of care?

Duty of care is a concept that refers to the legal responsibility a person or entity has to behave in a reasonable manner so that others are not harmed by their actions. It is a standard they must uphold to avoid injuring other people. The duty of care becomes more specialized when it involves a professional relationship or agreement, such as between doctors and their patients.

Duty of care is an important factor in personal injury cases. Proving negligence in such claims requires demonstrating that the individual or property owner breached their duty of care to the victim.

For example, a business is expected to clean up a puddle on the floor of its premises or put up a warning sign indicating a risk of slipping and falling. If the business fails to take such actions and someone falls on its premises, it may be liable for failing in its duty of care to avoid causing injury to the customer.

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