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Definition of Standard of Care

Standard of care is the degree of care which a prudent, careful and reasonable person would have exercised in a given situation. In a personal injury case if the defendant fails to exercise standard of care and their actions caused unreasonable risk of harm and if someone is injured, they can be liable for the damages.

For example, doctors in a medical malpractice case can breach their "duty" or standard of care if they act contrary to how another doctor in a similar situation would have acted and their lack of care results in the injury of a patient. Different people have a different standard of care and may not be held liable in the same situation.For example, young children and the mentally disabled will have a lower standard of care than another person in similar situations.

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