What is Duty of Care?

Accidents are inevitable, but many are preventable. A common cause of accidents is negligence, which is the failure to abide by a duty of care.

Duty of care is the requirement that you must act in a way that is reasonable and cautious to avoid causing harm to others. Since proving negligence is a way to prove fault for an accident, the idea of a duty of care is important in personal injury cases.

Examples of Duty of Care:

Duty of care applies in all situations in which you interact with the public. Here are a few examples:

1. Commercial property owners have a duty to maintain a safe environment for visitors and pedestrians.

2. Pedestrians are expected to use the crosswalk and obey traffic signals.

3. Drivers must exercise caution, follow all traffic laws, and maintain control of their vehicles.

4. Employers must maintain a safe working environment for their employees.

5. Health care professionals must provide care up to the standard dictated by the law.

If the duty of care is breached, and you’ve sustained injury, you may have a case against the at-fault party. To get a complete evaluation of your potential lawsuit, call the experienced attorneys at Kirsch, Stone & Morgan today.