Could a doctor be sued for this unplanned pregnancy?

This time there was a happy ending, but failure to adequately warn patients of the risks of medical interventions is always a mistake

Recently, a doctor was successfully sued by a patient after she became pregnant despite undergoing a tubal ligation, with a GP obstetrician later finding a Filshie clip had not been properly placed.

The patient experienced lasting psychological and physically adverse impacts following the unplanned birth of the child.

The NSW District Court awarded her $400,000.

This claim raises a number of medicolegal issues. But perhaps a good way to explore them is through a slightly similar case.

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