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 accountant in correctly preparing a company's accounts, by an auditor in confirming an company's financial statements correctly present its financial position; by a director to shareholders in husbanding the enterprise's resources; by a manufacturer to consumers for the safety of product; and by every party to a contract to the other contracting parties.

See also standard of care.

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  • If you are liable with the duty of care then you must make sure that nothing bad happens to anything.

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  • The duty of care was on the shoulders of one man and he fulfilled his duty with great care and it impressed all of us.

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  • My accountant didn't adhere to his duty of care in handling my accounts. I'll be taking him to court to attempt to recoup the losses he caused me.

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