Creutzfeld Jakob Disease Litigation; Newman and Others v Medical Research Council and Another: CA 20 Dec 1997

The claimants had been negligently injected as children with Hartree HGH, a human growth hormone that exposed them to the risk of contracting CJD. One issue was whether this rendered the defendants liable for psychiatric illness caused by the shock of learning of the risk to which they had been exposed.
Held: Litigation for Creutzfeld Jacob Disease cut off date for litigation; those receiving treatment before and after must show would have stopped. ‘I can see no logical reason why foreseeability of or responsibility for shock and psychiatric injury should be limited to an area of time contemporaneous or almost contemporaneous to the negligent physical event i.e. the injection of Hartree HGH. If the psychiatric injury was reasonably foreseeable it should be untrammelled by spatial physical or temporal limits (see per Lord Scarman in McLoughlin at page 414A).’


Morland J


Times 20-Dec-1997, [1997] EWCA Civ 2749, [2000] Lloyds Law Rep (Medical) 161


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