Standard of Care
The uniform standard of behavior upon which the theory of negligence is based. The standard of care requires the actor to do what the “reasonable person of ordinary prudence” would do in the actor’s place. If the actor’s conduct falls below the standard that a reasonable person would conform to under like circumstances, the actor may be liable for injuries or damages resulting from his or her conduct.
The standard of care is commonly applied to medical malpractice claims, in which doctors and other care givers are held to a certain standard within the medical field.