Material Contribution and PTSD

Leach v North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 2914 (QB) The High Court applied material contribution causation principles to a case where distress over a delay in an ambulance arriving led the Claimant to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”). The facts The Claimant suffered a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage…

Proximity in Secondary Victim Claims

Paul & Anor v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2020] EWHC 1415 (QB)  This article originally appeared in Issue 6 (September 2020). Following a series of secondary victim claims being struck out or dismissed on the grounds that there is insufficient proximity as required by the Alcock control mechanisms (see,…

Secondary Victim Claims and Clinical Negligence

Paul v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (Rev 1) [2019] EWHC 2893 (QB)  This article originally appeared in Issue 3 (November 2019). This was an application for strike out and/or summary judgment heard by Master Cook in a secondary victim claim.  Background  Mr Paul had a significant medical history including…