Robinson v The Post Office [1974]


  • Following an injury caused by his employer, an employee was injured at work and suffered from tetanus as a result
  • A doctor was supposed to administer a small dose of the anti-tetanus drug, wait 30 minutes to check for an allergic reaction, then administer the full dosage; however he instead administered the full dose immediately


  • Was the doctor’s negligent act an intervening act, therefore negativing liability of the company


  • No


  • Even if the doctor had followed the guidelines, no reaction would have been visible after 30 minutes so the employer was still liable for the the reaction to the treatment
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