Coakley v Rosie

Medical practitioner – Negligence. The claimant issued proceedings for injuries and losses sustained as a result of the defendant general practitioner's failure to diagnose her with bacterial meningitis. The Queen's Bench Division, in allowing the claim, held that a reasonably competent general practitioner would have diagnosed or had a high suspicion that the claimant had been suffering bacterial meningitis and would have treated her with both penicillin and urgent referral to hospital. Accordingly, the claimant succeeded on the issues of liability in respect of both breach of duty and causation.

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