Medical negligence lawsuits: 'Loss of chance' of better outcome flagged as vital point of law

Ms Noor Azlin Abdul Rahman, who brought a negligence suit against Changi General Hospital, died on April 1 before her lawyer's application for an interim payout was due to be heard in court.
Ms Noor Azlin Abdul Rahman, who brought a negligence suit against Changi General Hospital, died on April 1 before her lawyer's application for an interim payout was due to be heard in court.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Appeal against award in another case could impact outcome against CGH

A five-judge Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in a landmark case earlier this year on whether compensation should be given to victims of medical negligence who might have had a better chance of survival had it not been for a flawed diagnosis or treatment process.

Lawyers say the outcome could have a bearing on any amount of damages in the medical negligence suit brought by Ms Noor Azlin Abdul Rahman against Changi General Hospital.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2019, with the headline ''Loss of chance' of better outcome flagged as vital point of law'. Print Edition | Subscribe