Duty Of Care Medical Definition

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Duty of Care Medical Definition

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Duty of Care legal definition: Duty of care refers specifically to a doctor’s responsibility toward their patient when they agree to treat them. It upholds a standard for care that should be practiced toward a patient to protect them from unnecessary risk or harm. Any actions that do not uphold this duty of care are generally considered negligent and often lead to medical malpractice lawsuits. 

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Duty of Care in Medical Malpractice Cases

When failure to uphold the duty of care results in negligence or medical malpractice and adverse outcomes for a patient, the doctor or practitioner can and should be held liable for the damages that result. Failure to uphold duty of care can give rise to a medical malpractice claim, especially if  the patient can prove that the doctor’s failure led to injury or other economic or non-economic harm.

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