Whitehead and Another v Hibbert Pownall & Newton (a Firm) – Times Law Reports

Posted May 14th, 2008 in damages, law reports, negligence, solicitors, wrongful birth by sally

Whitehead and Another v Hibbert Pownall & Newton (a Firm)

Court of Appeal

“Where solicitors had negligently failed to prosecute a claim for damages for clinical negligence on behalf of a mother in respect of future losses for a wrongful birth, those losses were curtailed by the death of the mother; the solicitors were not liable in a subsequent claim for professional negligence brought on behalf of the mother’s estate for what amounted to a windfall in that, had her claim been brought to a successful conclusion before her death, the recoverable damages would have not have been curtailed by her death but would have extended to cover the costs of care into the future.”

The Times, 14th May 2008

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