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duty of care

noun du·ty of care \ ˈd(y)üt-ē-əv-ˈke(ə)r, -ˈka(ə)r \

medical Definition of duty of care

: a duty to use care toward others that would be exercised by an ordinarily resonable 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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