duty of care

noun
du·​ty of care | \ ˈd(y)üt-ē-əv-ˈke(ə)r, -ˈka(ə)r How to pronounce duty of care (audio) \

Medical Definition of duty of care

: a duty to use care toward others that would be exercised by an ordinarily reasonable and prudent person in order to protect them from unnecessary risk of harm In a typical medical malpractice lawsuit, the plaintiff has the burden of proof to show that the physician had a legal duty of care to the patient, that the physician breached that duty, and that the breach caused injury to the plaintiff.— L. F. Sparr et al.

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“Duty of care.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/duty%20of%20care. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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