Dodds (a protected party by her sister and litigation friend) v Arif and another

Practice – Personal injury. Where a claimant's injury had not itself impacted on life expectancy, permission to rely on that category of evidence would not be given, unless there was clear evidence to support the view that the individual was atypical and would enjoy longer or shorter expectation of life. Bespoke life expectancy evidence from an expert in a particular field should be confined to cases where the relevant clinical experts could not offer an opinion at all or stated that they required specific input from a life expectancy expert. Accordingly, following a case management conference, concerning the claimant's personal injury claim, the Queen's Bench Division dismissed the defendants' application for permission to rely on expert evidence on the claimant's life expectancy.

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