Wilsher v Essex Area Health Authority [1988]


  • A doctor negligently administered too much oxygen to a newborn child
  • The child suffered permanent brain damage


  • Could the doctor be held liable


  • No


  • The administration of oxygen was one of 5 independent and equally possible causes of the brain damage, therefore liability could not be found
RELATED CASE  Barrett v Enfield London Borough Council [1999]

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