Supreme Court Revisits Wrongful Birth Claims

Khan v Meadows [2021] UKSC 21 In Khan v Meadows [2021] UKSC 21 the Supreme Court has revisited the principles to be applied in 'wrongful birth” claims: claims for the cost of bringing up a disabled child who would not have been born but for a doctor’s negligent medical advice/treatment.…

The Importance of Contemporaneous Medical Records

HXC (by her litigation friend) JXS vs Hind, Craze [2020] 10 WLUK 603 The facts On 8 June 2016, the then 24-year-old Claimant suffered a catastrophic subarachnoid haemorrhage arising from the rupture of a 10-11mm left internal carotid artery aneurysm. As a result of the haemorrhage she had a dense…

Non-Delegable Duty: Different Dentist, Same Drill

Around this time last year, Dominic Ruck Keene examined the County Court decision in Ramdhean v Agedo and The Forum Dental Practice Limited 2020 WL 00620352. HHJ Belcher concluded that a dental practice owed a non-delegable duty of care with respect to treatment carried out by a dentist working there.…

Further Developments in Secondary Victims Claims

Polmear v Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 2914 (QB) The High Court dismissed the Defendant Trust’s strike-out application in a secondary victim claim where the primary victim had ‘clearly suffered actionable damage’ prior to the shocking collapse. Master Cook held that it was not necessary to identify a…