7 December 2021 - Written by Philip Godfrey
What approach should the court take when there is a fundamental dispute of fact between an individual’s recollection given in witness evidence and contemporaneous medical records? This was the issue in the trial of HTR v Nottingham University Hospitals NHS T...
11 November 2021 - Written by Jonathan Owen
Castello v Gonschior: The Importance of Choosing the Right Discipline of Expert in Clinical Negligence Claims & the Limitations of Res Ipsa Loquitur
In Castello v Gonschior  EWHC 2742 (QB), Lambert J provides an important reminder of the importance of choosing the right experts and an example of the relevance, or lack of relev...
2 November 2021 - Written by Rochelle Rong
Civil practitioners dealing with personal injury claims are generally familiar with the three-year limitation period imposed by section 11 of the Limitation Act 1980. Put simply, claims for personal injury (whether arising from negligence, nuisance or breach of duty) ...
26 October 2021 - Written by Thomas Herbert
Material Contribution in the Spotlight (Again) following Thorley v Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
This blog deals with the causation aspects of Thorley v Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust  EWHC 2604 (QB). Ph...
19 October 2021 - Written by Georgina Cursham
Costs Order Against Dental Expert Who Showed a Flagrant & Reckless Disregard for His Duties to the Court
Having blanked his screen and left the ongoing court proceedings to pick up his son from school, the Claimant’s expert witness in Robinson v (1) Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2) Mercier ...
12 October 2021 - Written by Philip Godfrey
Breach of Duty and Hospital Guidelines: Thorley v Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust  EWHC 2604 (QB)
This case considered the interplay between hospital guidelines and breach of duty in the clinical negligence setting. In summary, the Court found that: The guideline relied upon by the Claimant did not apply to the procedure...
22 September 2021 - Written by Tom Carter
A man with longstanding mental health issues walks into a pub with a can of petrol and a knife. He proceeds to pour the petrol on himself and says he is going to burn the pub down. The police are called, he is arrested and whilst in police custody, he undergoes a Ment...
7 September 2021 - Written by Philip Davy
Vicarious Liability and the Non-Delegable Duty in the Context of Dental Negligence Claims: Hughes v Rattan
For several years in the 2000s and 2010s, the law relating to vicarious liability and non-fault liability more generally was 'on the move'. However, in the last couple of years, the case law dealing with non-fault liability has bee...
14 July 2021 - Written by Nikhil Arora
In King v Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 1576 (QB), the High Court once again demonstrated the difficulties faced by Claimants who suffer psychiatric condi...
In Meadows v Khan  UKSC 21, the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Ms Meadows' appeal, finding that there was no principled basis for excluding a clinical negligence claim from the ambit of the 'scope of duty principle' in the tort of negligence. The j...
11 May 2021 - Written by Richard Seabrook
Imagine the following scenario. A patient, known to have mental health issues, has been consenting to a proposed or potential course of medical treatment. Then, as the need to embark on that treatment crystalizes and becomes urgent, consent is withdrawn. The treatment...
29 April 2021 - Written by Patrick Limb QC
Cauda equina syndrome is a rare and severe type of spinal stenosis. A narrowing of the spinal canal causes the nerves in the lower back to become severely compressed. Typically, but not exclusively, it results from a prolapsed disc bulge. The condition requires urgent...
20 April 2021 - Written by Cassandra Williams
The law requires medical practitioners to use diligence, care, knowledge, skill and caution in administering treatment to a patient. The question of whether a medical practitioner has met the requisite standard of care is often considered by reference to the test laid...
12 April 2021 - Written by Edward James
In Negus v Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 643 (QB), the High Court considered whether an NHS Trust was...
1 April 2021 - Written by Thomas Herbert
Thomas Herbert's article on Lambert J's decision in Toombes v Mitchell  EWHC 3506 (QB), which considered the correct interpretation of section 1 of the Congenital D...
The topic of consent has been increasingly contentious since the Supreme Court’s decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board  AC 1430, which shifted the focus from Bolam-style clinical paternalism to patient autonomy. ...
25 February 2021 - Written by Philip Godfrey
In Jarman v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust  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: ...
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  EWHC 169 (QB), the High Court considered the question of causation in circumstances where the deceased had suffered from acute pneu...
19 February 2021 - Written by Cassandra Williams
In Brint v Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust  EWHC 290 (QB), HHJ Platts, sitting as a High Court Judge, declined to make a finding of fundamental ...
17 February 2021 - Written by Philip Godfrey
In Hopkins v (1) Akramy (2) Badger Group (3) NHS Commissioning Board  EWHC 3445 (QB), the High Court considered, as a preliminary issue, whether an NHS Primary Care Trust ("P...
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...
26 January 2021 - Written by Shilpa Shah
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...
18 January 2021 - Written by Jason Cox
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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