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Legal clarification of “loss of chance of a better outcome” in Australia

Neera Bhatia and James Tibballs
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (3): 167-168.
doi:
10.5694/mja10.10225

A High Court of Australia ruling has reinstated the need for patients to prove causation of injury

Neera Bhatia, LLB(Hons), LLM, PhD Candidate, Medical Law and Bioethics1
James Tibballs, MD, MHlth&MedLaw, FCICM, Intensive Care Physician2
1 School of Law, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.
2 Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
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Tabet v Gett [2010] HCA 12.
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Tabet v Mansour [2007] NSWSC 36.
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Gett v Tabet [2009] NSWCA 76.
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Rufo v Hosking [2004] NSWCA 391.
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Bowen T, Saxton A. The changing face of causation — denial of damages for possibilities and lost chances. Aust Health Law Bull 2009; (May): 117-122.
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Naxakis v Western General Hospital [1999] HCA 22.
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Fischer DA. Tort recovery for loss of chance. Wake Forest Law Rev 2001; 36: 605.
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