Palmer (Administratrix of the Estate of Rose Frances Palmer) v Tees Health Authority and Hartlepool and East Durham NHS Trust: CA 2 Jun 1999

A claim for damages on behalf of a murdered child’s estate and the child’s mother for psychiatric damage against a health authority for negligence in having failed to manage a psychiatric outpatient who had abducted and murdered the child, was bound to fail, and was struck out, as there was insufficient proximity between the Authority and either claimant. In considering an application for striking out, the court should assume that the claim is genuine and serious, and also assume that the claimant will successfully prove the pleaded facts and matters relied on


Stuart-Smith, Pill, Thorpe LJJ


Times 06-Jul-1999, [1999] EWCA Civ 1533, [2000] PNLR 87, [1999] Lloyd’s Rep Med 351, [2000] PIQR P1




England and Wales


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Updated: 30 May 2022; Ref: scu.146448