Wyatt v Curtis: CA 30 Oct 2003

The first defendant, Dr Curtis, then a locum general practitioner, failed to warn the claimant, Miss Wyatt, who presented with chickenpox, about the consequent risk to her unborn child. It was admitted at trial that this had been negligent. It was accepted also that the child was born with serious abnormalities caused by the chickenpox. What was not admitted was that, had she been warned by Dr Curtis, Miss Wyatt would have sought and obtained a termination of her pregnancy, which was then in its fourteenth week.
Sedley LJ commented that there was something unreal about placing the onus of asking upon a patient who may not know that there is anything to ask about.
Schiemann, Sedley, Kay LJJ
[2003] EWCA Civ 1779
England and Wales
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