Shaw v Stead

Medical practitioner – Negligence. Applying settled law to the facts, the defendant doctor's standard of care had fallen below that to be properly expected of a reasonable GP. He had missed the red flags (warning signs of cauda equina syndrome) that had been there to be found concerning the claimant, whom he had seen at an out of hours surgery. Accordingly, the Queen's Bench Division held, on a preliminary issue, that the claimant had established that the defendant had been in breach of duty in failing to refer her to hospital.

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