A High Court of Australia ruling has reinstated the need for patients to prove causation of injury
The tort (ie, civil wrong) of medical negligence has recently changed, to the advantage of doctors. By its judgment in the case of Tabet v Gett in 2010 (Box 1),1 the High Court of Australia has effectively removed the concept of “loss of chance” (Box 2) as a possible course of action by patients against doctors. The doctrine of loss of chance had enabled a patient to obtain partial compensation for injury without having to prove causation.6
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