legal liability

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A form of accountability that has the force of law. Statutory or case law can be used to enforce it. In public health services, authorities or individual professional staff members identified by name and/or duties may or may not be legally liable when mishaps occur. In some jurisdictions and for some purposes, such as immunization services provided by public health departments, no-fault provisions have been written into applicable regulations to protect them from legal liability, and legal mechanisms for compensation may also be specified. Public health officials should be familiar with the procedures and legal provisions in their workplace.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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