Clinical Judgments by Key issue: Causation

Williams v Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board [2022] EWHC 455 (QB)

Date
4th March 2022
Court
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The case of Williams, although decided on its own facts, may be of interest to practitioners due to the judge’s decision on the importance of contextualising the use of electronic record systems against the industry standard at that time, and the judge’s analysis of factual causation. 

Watson v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2022] EWHC 148 (QB)

Date
26th January 2022
Court
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The case of Watson involved disputed factual issues relating to causation, with the central question being whether the Defendant’s admitted breach of duty in failing to include a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) in the differential diagnosis and in turn to prescribe Aspirin would have prevented the Claimant suffering a stroke several months later. The judgment […]

Toombes v Mitchell [2021] EWHC 3234 (QB)

Date
1st December 2021
Court
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The case of Toombes v Mitchell concerned allegations of negligent pre-conception clinical advice by the Defendant with respect to folic acid supplements. The focus of this second hearing of this matter centered upon witness testimony regarding the consultation, which took place two decades ago.  

Thorley v Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 2604 (QB)

Date
1st October 2021
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The case of Thorley involved a claim in clinical negligence brought against the Defendant Trust. The case focused on issues of breach of duty and causation. The Claimant contended that the Defendant was in breach for not following its own clinical guidelines.

Baidoo v Barking, Havering, and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] 6 WLUK 227

Date
16th June 2021
Court
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Baidoo v Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust demonstrates that where a claimant’s clinical negligence claim is entirely dependent on expert evidence, if the Claimant has not instructed experts, and there is no realistic prospect of him or her doing so before trial, then the claim has no real prospect of succeeding, and […]

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