Cattanach v. Melchior: Babies, Blessings and Burdens

Queensland Lawyer, 24, pp. 296-305, 2004

Posted: 10 Jul 2016

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Ben White

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

This article considers the High Court decision of Cattanach v Melchior, which permitted the recovery of damages for the cost of raising a child born through medical negligence. It discusses the reasoning in each of the judgments and seeks to identify themes so as to explain the divide between the majority and minority. It also considers the impact of legislative intervention in Queensland and New South Wales.

Keywords: Tort law, Medical negligence, Wrongful birth

Suggested Citation

White, Ben, Cattanach v. Melchior: Babies, Blessings and Burdens (2004). Queensland Lawyer, 24, pp. 296-305, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2806849

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