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An anaesthetist was knocked out for a short time when he fell to the floor of an operating theatre after slipping in his own spillage of disinfectant.

The anaesthetist brought a claim for personal injury against the NHS Trust, on the mistaken belief that he had been struck by a theatre light. The anaesthetist had no recollection of what happened and relied entirely upon an incident report form filled in by a theatre nurse who assumed the anaesthetist was struck by a theatre light but stated on the report form she did not actually see what caused the accident.

The only eyewitness was another theatre nurse. She gave evidence that the anaesthetist had slipped in the disinfectant that the claimant himself had spilt.

Judgment was given in favour of the NHS Trust. The Judge found no reason to doubt the eyewitness account. It was held that the anaesthetist had clearly resented his beliefs and opinions being questioned and was in the category of “witnesses, especially those who were emotional and thinking that they were morally in the right, who tended easily and unconsciously to conjure up a legal right that had not existed”.

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