Udale v Bloomsbury Area Health Authority: QBD 1983

The plaintiff underwent a sterilisation operation. The operation was painful and she later became pregnant. She sought damages for the pain and suffering and the additional costs of caring for the new child.
Held: Public policy held fast against awarding damages for the birth of a healthy child, and that element of damages was not recoverable.

Jupp J
[1983] 1 WLR 1098, [1983] 3 All ER 522
England and Wales
Cited by:
CitedMacFarlane and Another v Tayside Health Board HL 21-Oct-1999
Child born after vasectomy – Damages Limited
Despite a vasectomy, Mr MacFarlane fathered a child, and he and his wife sought damages for the cost of care and otherwise of the child. He appealed a rejection of his claim.
Held: The doctor undertakes a duty of care in regard to the . .
DoubtedEmeh v Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Area Health Authority CA 1-Jul-1984
A sterilisation operation had been performed negligently and failed and the claimant was born.
Held: The birth of a child with congenital abnormalities was a foreseeable consequence of the surgeon’s careless failure to clip a fallopian tube . .

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Negligence, Damages

Updated: 29 November 2021; Ref: scu.181335