chapter  19
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Legal considerations

The chief protection against claims made for negligence in respect of professional work lies in the skill and knowledge which are acquired and maintained by continuous technical study and practical experience. The law requires a standard of care and skill which would be displayed by a reasonably competent person who has the normal skill associated with the profession in question. The law does not require all members of a profession to exhibit the very highest degrees of skill which are to be found among the most eminent practitioners, and it will not normally find a professional man or woman liable for a mere error of judgment on a difficult point.