Professional Negligence

Professional negligence happens when there has been what is called a breach of the duty of care between a professional providing a service, and the client receiving the service. The most common uses for this type of law case occur in medical malpractice. A duty of care is when a patient expects a certain standard of care from a doctor. That duty of care can extend to representatives of the doctor, for instance, hospital staff or clinic workers. When a professional commits an act of negligence on the job, this is known as malpractice, because it violates the reasonable and expected level of care which the patient has entrusted the doctor with. There are other examples of professional negligence too, such as nursing home neglect, child-care provider, and more. For more information, please visit

What Happens Next?

When negligence occurs, it may be handled in a number of different ways. In addition to filing a suit, the professional agency representing the defendant may choose to discipline their member (in the case of a medical professional, for example). If the person is a tradesman and their work resulted in negligence, their licensing board may also become involved, choosing to decide if the tradesman (or other professional) is still qualified to continue their work until the case is resolved. In the case of extreme negligence, it may become a criminal law matter. See also Personal Injury or Premises Liability

Examples of Negligence

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Caregiver Negligence
  • Bodily Harm Suffered Due To Negligence

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