Jones v North West Strategic Health Authority: QBD 5 Feb 2010

The claimant, now 17 years old, sought damages alleging negligence by the doctors at his birth. The court now heard as a preliminary issue questions as to the liability of the defendants for the injuries suffered. He said that his mother had not been warned of the risks associated with dystocia so as to allow to her the choice of a cesarian birth which would have avoided the particular risks which led to his injuries.
Held: The risk of shoulder dystocia was in itself sufficiently serious for the expectant mother to be entitled to be informed.
Nicol J
[2010] EWHC 178 (QB), [2010] Med LR 90
England and Wales
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CitedMontgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board SC 11-Mar-2015
Change in Doctors’ Information Obligations
The pursuer claimed that her obstetrician had been negligent, after her son suffered severe injury at birth. The baby faced a birth with shoulder dystocia – the inability of the shoulders to pass through the pelvis. The consultant considered that a . .

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