Clinical negligence: Wrongful birth: a complex anomaly

Julian Matthews looks at the rules limiting recovery of damages in such cases, and practical issues relating to the quantification and management where a claim can be made ‘A wrongful birth claim based upon a negligent failed sterilisation, or failures in relation to antenatal screening, where there is then a disabled child born, is likely …
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Cases Referenced

  • Cobham Hire Services Ltd v Eeles [2009] EWCA Civ 204
  • Emeh v Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Area Health Authority [1985] QB 1012
  • FP v Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust [2009] EWHC 1965 (QB)
  • FP v Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust [2011] EWHC 3380 (QB)
  • JXMX (A Child) v Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust [2013] EWHC 3956 (QB)
  • Khan v Meadows [2019] EWCA Civ 152
  • McFarlane & anor v Tayside Health Board [1999] UKHL 50
  • Parkinson v St James and Seacroft University Hospital NHS Trust [2001] EWCA Civ 530
  • Rees v Darlington Memorial Hospital [2003] UKHL 52
  • Roberts v Bro Taf Health Authority [2002] Lloyd’s Rep Med 182
  • XXX v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWHC 646 (QB)