Failure to administer a drug and causation

Stickley, Amanda P. (2013) Failure to administer a drug and causation. Queensland Lawyer, 33(3), pp. 193-198.

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Case note on King v Western Sydney Local Health Network

In King v Western Sydney Local Health Network [2013] NSWCA 162 the appellant sought damages for the severe physical and intellectual disability she suffered as a result of foetal varicella syndrome (FVS) caused by her mother contracting varicella (chickenpox) in the second trimester of her pregnancy. The mother had been exposed to the virus and sought advice from a doctor at Blacktown Hospital as she had not had the virus herself and therefore did not possess immunity. In such circumstances at the time, the standard medical practice was to offer the mother varicellazoster immunoglobulin (VZIG) to boost her defence to the virus. The appellant’s mother however was not offered this treatment and contracted chickenpox resulting the appellant’s condition...

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ID Code: 67083
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Torts, Medical Negligence, Causation
ISSN: 0312-1658
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Tort Law (180126)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters (Australia/NZ)
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2014 01:27
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2014 22:16

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