Jaime Lindsey, ‘Psychiatric Injury Claims and Pregnancy: RE (a Minor) and Others v Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC 824′

Abstract:
RE and others concerned a clinical negligence claim against the Defendant NHS Trust by a baby injured during childbirth, as well by her mother and grandmother for psychiatric injury found to have been caused by those events. This commentary focuses on the claim for psychiatric injury by the mother and grandmother, both of which succeeded on the basis that the childbirth was a sufficiently shocking and horrifying event. This commentary urges caution about this development based on how it represents law’s view of childbirth and the growth of claims that might result from any expansion of liability in this area.

Jaime Lindsey, Psychiatric Injury Claims and Pregnancy: RE (a Minor) and Others v Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC 824, Medical Law Review, https://doi.org/10.1093/medlaw/fwx041. Published: 12 September 2017.

First posted 2017-09-20 06:03:16

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