Chapter

Breach of Duty

Christian Witting

in Street on Torts

Edition 14

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2015 | ISBN: 9780198700944
Published online June 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191788956 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/he/9780198700944.003.0005
Breach of Duty

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This chapter examines breach of duty in tort law. It discusses the factors that the court considers in determining whether the defendant is in breach of his duty of care to the claimant. These include the foreseeability of harm to the claimant, the appropriate standard of care owed by the defendant to the claimant, and the conduct of the defendant in comparison to the expected standard of care. This chapter suggests that the question of whether the defendant has breached a duty of care is a mixed one of law and fact and that the standard of care required of the defendant is an exclusively legal construct and based on the standard of a hypothetical reasonable person.

Keywords: breach of duty; tort law; foreseeability of harm; standard of care; reasonable person

Chapter.  16981 words. 

Subjects: Tort Law

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