Cattanach v. Melchior: Babies, Blessings and Burdens
Queensland Lawyer, 24, pp. 296-305, 2004
Posted: 10 Jul 2016
Date Written: 2004
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
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