Duty of care

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1. Law - negligence.

The legal duty of care is an obligation to take reasonable care to avoid causing damage to another party.

The legal duty of care generally arises when it is reasonably foreseeable that an act or omission is likely to cause damage.


The range of other parties to whom the legal duty of care is owed depends on the relationship with them, and the circumstances.


2. Ethics.

A similar and broader ethical obligation to take reasonable care in relation to potential harm to a wider group of parties, including ones to whom there may not necessarily be a legal obligation.


See also