‘A Practical Guide to Material Contribution in Clinical Negligence’ by Rhodri Jones
The current state of the law regarding material contribution in clinical negligence appears complicated and uncertain. This book charts the evolution of material contribution as a concept in causation from its original application in occupational disease cases to its more recent analysis in the context of clinical negligence.
As with many areas of common law, the courts have attempted to define the factual characteristics of cases where material contribution causation can apply. It is commonly plead in clinical negligence where there are a range of potentially causative agents in operation and where the limitations of medical science prevent the application of traditional ‘but for’ causation. The courts have sought to categorise injuries and diseases in respect of their characteristics of ‘divisibility’ and ‘indivisibility’. These terms have not however been applied and interpreted consistently. It is anticipated that clarification will be provided by the Supreme Court in due course.
The aim of this book is to set out the legal landscape as it stands and provide practical assistance to enable claimants and defendants to argue their cases in causation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rhodri Jones is a barrister at St John’s Chambers. He specialises in clinical negligence and inquests, acting for both claimants and defendants. Before retraining as a barrister Rhodri practiced as a medical doctor for 18 years, principally in A&E and general practice.
Chapter One – Fundamentals of Material Contribution
Chapter Two – Categories of Disease and Injury
PART ONE: ORIGINS OF MATERIAL CONTRIBUTION IN OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE
Chapter Three – A Single Causative Agent From Two Sources
Chapter Four – Material Contribution to the Risk
Chapter Five – Recent Occupational Disease Cases Considering Material Contribution
PART TWO: CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE
Chapter Six – Unsuccessful Application of Material Contribution in Clinical Negligence
Chapter Seven – Successful Application of Material Contribution in Clinical Negligence
Chapter Eight – Apportionment
Chapter Nine – Consecutive and Concurrent Causative Agents
Chapter Ten – Limitations on the Application of Material Contribution
Chapter Eleven – Material Contribution in Birth Injury Cases
Chapter Twelve – Material Contribution in Brain Injury Cases
Chapter Thirteen – Material Contribution in Psychiatric Injury Cases
Chapter Fourteen – Overall Conclusions