Duty of care 1 the mechanism used in the law of tort or delict to determine when a person may be liable normally reasonable foreseeability of physical harm will create a duty but restrictions exist in cases of economic loss nervous shock and other more unusual harms. Definition of duty of care the responsibility or the legal obligation of a person or organization to avoid acts or omissions which can be reasonably foreseen to be likely to cause harm to others duty of care is owed by an . The duty of care stands for the principle that directors and officers of a corporation in making all decisions in their capacities as corporate fiduciaries must act in the same manner as a reasonably prudent person in their position would. Similarly in legal malpractice an attorneys duty of care is to act as a reasonable attorney would in that same situation children and people with disabilities also have a slightly different duty of care the duty of care for an adult with a disability is what a reasonable person with that disability would do
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