‘Causation and Intervening Medical Treatment’

“As lawyers representing parties in clinical negligence cases, we will often encounter scenarios where the injured party has been involved in a road traffic accident or an accident at work and subsequently seeks medical assistance for the purpose of treating their injuries. As a result of negligent medical treatment, the Claimant’s injuries are aggravated, or further injury is suffered. In such circumstances, there may be multiple potential Defendants to any legal claim. When considering claims involving multiple Defendants, the first question that the court will be bound to consider is whether intervening medical treatment constituted a novus actus interveniens so as to break the chain of causation …” (more)

[Rachel Young, Ropewalk Chambers, 17 February]

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