Health Alert (Australia) - 7 April 2014


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Judgments; Legislation; and Reports.

- Excerpt from Judgments: New Zealand 24 March 2014 - Wooton v Accident Compensation Corporation [2014] NZACC 77 [1]:

This appeal concerns a treatment injury claim. The basis for the claim is a delay in correct diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome and failure to provide treatment in a timely manner. [2] The appellant had a chronic back condition. On 2 July 2010, he developed symptoms of spinal cord compression and was referred for an MRI scan by Christchurch Radiology Group (GRG). The scan was conducted on the morning of 2 July. Radiology staff did not identify symptoms of possible cauda equina syndrome, in particular symptoms of loss of bladder sensation and function that would have required further examination and diagnosis. The appellant says that he had those symptoms at the time of his MRI scan but was sent home, where he was attended by his GP but not admitted to hospital . St John Ambulance services were called in the very early hours of 4 July....

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