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Duty of Care

The duty of care is a legal concept that is at the heart of every negligence lawsuit that is filed. It is the doctrine that establishes that if one party is performing an action that could reasonably and foreseeably cause harm to others, he or she has a duty to minimize that risk of harm by adhering to a reasonable standard of care. There are numerous cases in which a duty of care must be upheld. Examples include:

  • Parenting. A parent almost always has a duty of care to ensure the welfare of his or her child.
  • Product Liability. A manufacturer or other creator of a product has a duty to ensure the safety of the product they sell and the truthfulness of the claims they make regarding their products.
  • Property. A landowner has a duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of invitees of his property. In certain jurisdictions, the duty extends to trespassers as well, but this differs from area to area.
  • Businesses. A business owner has a duty to ensure that his or her place of business if safe for those who may enter the property. In addition, he or she has a duty to ensure that the company’s products or services are safe and that all claims accurately reflect the nature of what is being sold.

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This article is not intended to serve as, or as a replacement for, legal advice. If you have been injured as a result of someone’s failure to exercise a reasonable standard of care, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer Stepleton Dugan, LLC at 513-321-7733.





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