duty of care
- Duty Of Care
(1) This is the legal obligation a landowner owes someone, in the sense of liability for an injury incurred on that person's land. This varies from state to state. Common categories of "visitor" are trespasser, licensee, guest, and child, in order of increasing liability.
(2) A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others.
Lord Atkin in the British House of Lords, 1932: "My Lords, if your Lordships accept the view that this pleading discloses a relevant cause of action you will be affirming the proposition that by Scots and English law alike a manufacturer of products, which he sells in such a form as to show that he intends them to reach the ultimate consumer in the form in which they left him with no reasonable possibility of intermediate examination, and with the knowledge that the absence of reasonable care in the preparation or putting up of the products will result in an injury to the consumer's life or property, owes a duty to the consumer to take that reasonable care." Are you satisfied now?