25 February 2021 - Written by Philip Godfrey

Cauda Equina Syndrome and Referrals for Investigations: High Court Rejects Claim for Delayed Scan

In Jarman v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 323 (QB), the Claimant brought a claim against the Defendant hospital for failing to promptly diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome ("CES"). This case is of note for two reasons: ...

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23 February 2021 - Written by Rachel Young & Thomas Herbert

Revisiting the Test of Material Contribution in Clinical Negligence Claims following Davies v Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

In Davies v Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWHC 169 (QB), the High Court considered the question of causation in circumstances where the deceased had suffered from acute pneu...

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19 February 2021 - Written by Cassandra Williams

Fundamental Dishonesty in Clinical Negligence Cases: Unreliable Does Not Necessarily Mean Dishonest

In Brint v Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 290 (QB), HHJ Platts, sitting as a High Court Judge, declined to make a finding of fundamental ...

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17 February 2021 - Written by Philip Godfrey

Non-Delegable Duties of Care and NHS-Funded Private Services

In Hopkins v (1) Akramy (2) Badger Group (3) NHS Commissioning Board [2020] EWHC 3445 (QB), the High Court considered, as a preliminary issue, whether an NHS Primary Care Trust ("P...

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8 February 2021 - Written by Gareth McAloon

'Seconds Out!': Secondary Victim Claims Arising from Clinical Negligence to go to the Court of Appeal

Claims by secondary victims arising from clinical negligence have for many years been a battleground between Claimants and the NHS, particularly where the psychiatric damage that is the subject of the claim occurs many months after the purported breach of duty in...

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26 January 2021 - Written by Shilpa Shah

Interim Payments on Account of Costs in Clinical Negligence Cases

Whilst clinical negligence practitioners are especially accomplished in ensuring that they properly advise their clients to claim an interim payment on account of damages when this best suits their client’s needs, the opportunity of seeking an interim payment on...

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18 January 2021 - Written by Jason Cox

Limitation Practice in Clinical Negligence Cases After Azam

Clinical negligence cases can be complex enough without the added difficulty of delay in bringing proceedings resulting in a limitation defence. When it is raised by Defendants it is currently common for cases to be managed so that limitation will be tried as a prelim...

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28 October 2020 - Written by Christopher Lowe

Informed Consent: Where Are We Now?

In Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] 1 AC 1430, the Supreme Court held that "[t]he doctor is ... under a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that the patient is aware of any material risks involved in any recommended treatment, and...

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19 August 2020 - Written by Patrick Limb QC

Contributory Negligence in Clinical Negligence Cases

Travel back seven decades: the Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act 1945 was given Royal Assent on 15 June 1945; three years later, on 5 July 1948, the NHS was founded. At the level of principle, the statute effected a radical ...

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30 June 2020 - Written by Cassandra Williams

Proving Causation in Clinical Negligence Claims: Pitfalls and Hurdles

In the context of clinical negligence cases, causation can be just as tricky to establish as breach, perhaps even more so. The difficulties arise in part because many of these cases involve Claimants who were injured or ill before seeking the treatment or advice that ...

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21 April 2020 - Written by Thomas Herbert

Recovering Inquest Costs in Subsequent Civil Proceedings

It is well-known that, in principle, the costs of an inquest are recoverable in a subsequent clinical negligence claim. The leading case in this regard, also well-known, is Roach v Home Office [2010] QB 256. Ever...

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