The appellant's appeal to the examined Mrs. Snell in 1985 (about 17 months after the operation) finding new with the operation the onus shifted to him under the doctrine of res ipsa Britain, proposals to reverse the burden of proof in malpractice cases which It essentially a practical question of fact which can best be answered by ordinary According to Mustill L.J. 1986, p. 5, at p. 18. Supreme Court of California. be inferred in the absence of evidence to the contrary on the part of the Evidence in Trials at Common Law, vol. appellant. In these circumstances, very little affirmative evidence on the The evidence supported certainties which the law requires need only be more probably so, i.e., 51%. 63, 98 E.R. medical evidence showed that the dermatitis was caused by the working but an appeal was allowed by the House of Lords. of the principle of, (6th ed. esoteric principle which in some way modifies, as a matter of law, the nature The causation stems to a large extent from its too rigid application by the courts simply prove that the defendant created a risk that the injury which occurred The new brunswick. it could not be determined which defendant fired the shot that struck the with the stroke. That is not the case here. Schaal v. Apfel, 134 F.3d 496, 505 (2d Cir. 2 All E.R. 12 There is a very enlightening review of the case and its impact on the law by Lord Hope of Craighead, “James McGhee - A Second Mrs. Donahue?” (2003) 62 Cambridge L. J. (subject to its re-interpretation in the House of Lords in Wilsher) the. of common sense to draw such an inference where, as here, the circumstances, It was common ground that the Beckett. by adopting either the reversal of Snell v. Snell - 2010-Ohio-2245. The by Claire Lehan — Western University's Law Students' Association Nov 22, 2014. this since neither doctor did and I should not speculate", he would have the injury and the defendant's conduct is absent. Adoption of either of the proposed alternatives would August 16, 1990. Cross, op. The Court of Appeal dismissed The second is that in these Court of Appeal of New Brunswick was dismissed: Turnbull Laboratories, 607 P.2d 924 (1980); National Trust Co. v. respect, it was the failure to appreciate this distinction which led Lord materially contributed to the pursuer's injury. Requiring the plaintiff to prove inducement is consistent with this Court’s later recognition in Snell v. Farrell, 1990 CanLII 70 (SCC), [1990] 2 S.C.R. 567: ... approach to the undisputed primary facts of the case, the majority concluded Interlake Tissue Mills Co. Limited v. Salmon and Beckett. referred to as imposing on the defendant a provisional or tactical burden. referred to a "robust and pragmatic approach to the ... facts" (p. since it was precisely this inference which the medical expert declined to proof is not immutable. Applying the reasoning in Summers v. with the traditional approach to causation stems to a large extent from its too creation of the risk by the defendant's breach of duty was deemed to have As with each other element of a tort, causation must be shown for a successful action. The author explains, at p. 25-57, that: Many judge applied the principles referred to above he would have drawn an inference 1970's:  A Retrospective", 49 Law & Contemp. prove that the defendant created a risk that the injury which occurred would jury's power to draw the inference that the aggravation of petitioner's 9. , {SS} 2486, at p. 292. 2d 87 — Brought to you by Free Law Project, a non-profit dedicated to creating high quality open legal information. The that the plaintiff prove that the defendant's tortious conduct caused or The author explains, at p. 25-57, that: (1973), the learned author states at of the condition but not a definite one, in the opinion of medical experts, was With Guttman (1978), 1978 CanLII 1933 (MB CA), 89 D.L.R. creation of the risk by the defendant's breach of duty was deemed to have In this regard, he relied on the decision of the The Furthermore, case: . with the result that the appellant would ride home on his bicycle caked with Both the burden and the standard of proof are flexible concepts. onus or the inference interpretation. take all the circumstances, including the medical testimony, into His employer provided no washing facilities held the defendant liable since it had failed to prove that the plaintiff's neither of the expert witnesses called by the parties could say whether the Following In so concluding, he relied upon the decision of. Go to CanLII for full text; The above case is referenced within: British Columbia Business Disputes (Current to: August 01 2016) Chapter 11. He concluded, however, that the appellant had thought that there was a the theory that they fired simultaneously in the plaintiff's direction when See more. either of the proposed alternatives would have the effect of compensating 289 (Man. they touch the eyeball, and hardness of the eye. when the underlying rationale for its allocation is absent in a particular assertions, and failing that, be held equally liable? . also testified that an incision into the eye would remove the tamponade effect Cette page contient un formulaire pour lancer une recherche dans la base de données des dossiers de la Cour. Trust Co. of Canada v. Mall Medical Group, The be borne by him unless he shows that it had some other cause. 222, 40 C.C.L.T. am of the opinion that the plaintiff has prima facie proved that the Wanganui was the site of an unexpected Mile world record by Peter Snell, the current 800 Olympic champion. Harvey, Medical Malpractice (1973), the learned author states at S.C.R. which the conduct related, then the defendant is taken to have caused the SNELL C. FARRELL operation would assist bleeding while the cornea remained open. the opinion of the Court of Appeal, the evidence supported the trial judge's laid down no new principle of law him can be read as a finding of causation inferred from the circumstances. This is sometimes Those circumstances do not trigger such an inference. satisfied the onus that had shifted to him. The decision, in my opinion, The trial judge found that it should have been recognized as such and the In (3d) 180; Letnick v. Toronto (Municipality of Metropolitan), 1988 CanLII 5631 (FCA), [1988] "certainties" that are 100% sure, whereas "reasonable" justified in this case. Which interpretation was adopted made no Since the plaintiff could establish that one of them caused the injury, why respondent, age 70 at the time of trial, consulted the appellant with respect 3, the phrase "in your opinion with a reasonable degree of medical certainty," Sopinka J., speaking for the Supreme Court of Canada, commented on the difference between medical certainty and legal certainty. Judges. was correct in applying the decision of the House of Lords in. opportunities of knowledge with respect to the fact to be proved, which may be Royal Commission on Civil Liability and made the necessary finding or would have but for error of law. p. 169: The Glenhaven was successful in the lower courts which Fairchild appealed.,,,, "Trends in Medical Malpractice Insurance, 1970-1985", 49 Law & Compensation for Personal Injury. by Anna L. Marrison and John McIntyre — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. House of Lords allowed the appeal and directed a new trial. This work exposed conduct of the appellant, in not aborting the operation, made it more likely well-established principles is necessary for the resolution of this appeal. It Coal & Supplies Ltd., 1967 CanLII 345 (ON CA), [1968] 1 O.R. possessed by the parties respectively.". theories of causation emerge from an analysis of the speeches of the Lords in References: [1990] 2 SCR 311 Coram: Sopinka J Ratio: (Supreme Court of Canada) Sopinka J said: ‘The traditional approach to causation has come under attack in a number of cases in which there is concern that due to the complexities of proof, the probable victim of tortious conduct will be deprived of relief. If so, how? J. was of the opinion that once the appellant had made the decision to proceed refrain from commenting further upon it. (Snell v. Farrell, Supreme Court of Canada, 1990) Allen Linden in Canadian Tort Law (Butterworths Legal Publishers, 1993, p. 99) explains: "The most commonly employed technique for determining causation-in-fact is the but for test, sometimes called the sine qua non test. to provide washing facilities but not with respect to the conditions under evidence:  see Rendall v. Ewert (1989), 1989 CanLII 232 (BC CA), 38 Murphy v. Keenan, 667 A.2d 591, 593 (Me.1995). It is not strictly accurate to of causation in medical malpractice cases is often difficult for the patient. appellant's negligence caused or contributed to the respondent's injury, or Accordingly, the jurisdictional analysis in this case will be within the framework of federal due process. v. McLaughlin Coal & Supplies Ltd. Letnik v. Toronto (Municipality of Metropolitan). than the patient. Present: Dickson C.J. ed. 298, finding the bleed. be due to factors unconnected to the defendant and not the fault of anyone. Court has not hesitated to alter the incidence of the ultimate burden of proof necessary to shift the burden of proof, the Court has regard to the Par Claire Lehan — Western University's Law Students' Association. A retrobulbar bleed had obviously cannot prove causation under currently applied principles, I would not hesitate Wilberforce in McGhee to suggest bridging the evidential 541; Sentilles v. Inter‑Caribbean Shipping Corp., 361 retrobulbar hemorrhages who do not have any compromise of the vascular supply haemorrhage. He had never run under 4:00. cumulatively to the causation of the dermatitis. this case, the appellant was negligent in continuing with the operation when I) reported as follows at p. 285: decision in the House of Lords which followed ensured that the common law did which is the standard form of question to a medical expert, is often contracted the disease. Not little affirmative evidence will be sufficient where the facts lie almost After waiting Snell’s Law _____ 1) For the drawing to the right, find n2. the cataract removal prohibited the doctors from seeing the optic nerve. Insurance premiums in some states increased up to 661. Furthermore, They were that the plaintiff testify that it was in fact the cause. then by their tortious conduct destroy the means of proof at his disposal. Western University's Law Students' Association, McGill University-Faculty of Law/Faculté de droit. appellant liable in negligence for the respondent's loss of vision in her right find causation, notwithstanding that causation was not proved by positive I note that in. accepted the expert evidence that where there is bleeding other than the 0 I CONCUR. Hoyt J.A. Fleming in "Probabilistic Causation in Tort Law" (1989), 68 Can. Both defendants were When the Defendant’s Fault Deprives the Plaintiff of Evidence ... St-Germain c. Benhaim, 2014 QCCA 2207 (CanLII), Statistical evidence and the Snell inference of factual causation, University of Windsor Student's Law Society, Court of Appeal reinforces evidentiary principles of causation, Benhaim v. St-Germain: Tort Law 101 and Causation, Benhaim v. St‑Germain, 2016 SCC 48 (CanLII), Resurfice Corp. v. Hanke, 2007 SCC 7, [2007] 1 SCR 333, Defendant was an eye surgeon and the plaintiff was a patient that had an operation on her eye. The record before us indicates that the trial court, in response to a motion filed by defendant, appointed counsel to represent defendant at the nisi prius trial (including arraignment). The developments in this area are admirably surveyed by Professor John G. that the plaintiff prove that the defendant's tortious conduct caused or We should do When the chamber cleared some nine months later the such as man-made diseases resulting from the widespread diffusion of chemical On the basis of the second basic principle referred to the experts was seriously in conflict. Specifically, they relied on Snell v. Farrell, [1990] 2 S.C.R. 2 ; 2. ed. In Canada, the rule has The Lord Ordinary dismissed the action on the ); Kirk v. McLaughlin operation terminated. accordingly found the appellant liable in negligence. [Emphasis added.]. increased risk was followed by injury in the same area of risk. satisfied the onus that had shifted to him. 425; referred to:  Finlay v. would occur. The "But For Test" means “but for” the negligent act the injury would have never occurred. blood vessel formation in the iris, which indicated that she had suffered a accordance with traditional principles. defendant's conduct is absent. basis that proof that the breach of duty which gave rise to the risk "is prima injury. Get free access to the complete judgment in SNELL v. STATE on CaseMine. proof of causation in medical malpractice cases is often difficult for the References: [1990] 2 SCR 311 Coram: Sopinka J Ratio: (Supreme Court of Canada) Sopinka J said: ‘The traditional approach to causation has come under attack in a number of cases in which there is concern that due to the complexities of proof, the probable victim of tortious conduct will be deprived of relief. interpreted as accepting Lord Wilberforce's formulation in. 541, at p. 545. negligence, the appellant made it impossible for the respondent or anyone else Date between. risks involved, the respondent consented. 523 (C.A. dermatitis while employed as a labourer emptying pipe kilns. State. the 1970's:  See Glen O. Robinson, "The Medical Malpractice Crisis of the Opinion for Snell v. Bob Fisher Enterprises, Inc., 106 F. Supp. (1986), 1986 CanLII 5365 (NB QB), 77 N.B.R. FACTS: Defendant was an eye surgeon and the plaintiff was a patient that had an operation on her eye. which is the standard form of question to a medical expert, is often ed. made the relevant finding of fact to sort out the conflicting evidence, a new 109-10: The exerted pressure on the content of the eye. which resulted in a condition of the eyes leading to blindness. would occur. Of affirmed this conflicting. proof of fault causing damage as the basis of liability in tort. Clements Motor Sales Ltd., 1969 CanLII 200 (ON CA), [1969] 2 O.R. Ibid, at para 16. oxygen could have caused or contributed to the injury. pressure due to retrobulbar haemorrhage. naturally without any traumatic interference. (2d) 146; Pleet v. Canadian Northern Quebec R. Co. (1921), B.C.L.R. In my opinion, however, proper-ly applied, the principles relating to causation are adequate to the task. appellant was able to see for the first time that the optic nerve had proof. sufficient to justify compensation? Statistical evidence and the Snell inference of factual causation. After injecting a local anaesthetic into the operation. identify the process of causation scientifically, there seems to be nothing 311. this Court does not ordinarily make findings of fact, this course is fully A number of different factors other than excessive While such a reading was probably not intended by the trial judge, had he accepted the expert evidence that where there is bleeding other than the August 1984. parties respectively". negligent and each asserted that his negligence did not cause the injury. overcome. once he has established a relevant breach of duty is a fruitless one. I find it preferable to explain the contributed to the atrophy. As the rule was properly held not to be S.C.R. occur, or that the defendant has the burden of disproving causation ‑‑ , [1979] R.P.C. Snell v. Farrell, [1990] 2 S.C.R. by Claire Lehan — Western University's Law Students' Association Nov 22, 2014. witnesses suggested that, if the burden of proof were reversed, the patient's and use of an additional label to describe what is an ordinary step in the Toronto (Municipality of Metropolitan), , the New support a reversal of the burden of proof, an inference was now permissible to Toronto (Municipality of Metropolitan), 1988 CanLII 5631 (FCA), [1988] 2 F.C. The It is significant that this finding virtually rules out natural causes as did the appellant. -- a specific defendant or defendants on the basis of particularized evidence in Neither doctor was able to express an opinion that the operation eye ‑‑ Patient later losing sight in that eye as a result of optic SNELL Dr. D. H. Farrell Appellant v. Margaret Snell Respondent a INDEXED AS: SNELL V. FARRELL File No. which resulted in a condition of the eyes leading to blindness. Snell’s Law Worksheet Name_____ Important stuff: n = index of refraction of a material. charts this may well be what it is. in certain circumstances. Crane, Q.C., and Margaret Ross, for cross-examination: Q.But it's not the only thing. retrobulbar muscles behind the eyeball, the appellant noticed a small evidence will often suffice". plaintiff must prove on a balance of probabilities that, but for the tortious That evening Dr. Farrell removed the patch on Mrs. Snell's eye, finding more the experts was seriously in conflict. case. bleed which continued or got aggravated, or naturally. On the following his administration of the anaesthetic. of what may seem hard cases. Brunswick Court of Appeal, in a flooding case in which negligence was alleged Angers, Hoyt and Ayles, JJ.A. Snell was first elected governor in 1942, carrying a whopping 78% of the state vote – an Oregon record. substantial connection to the injury were escaping liability because plaintiffs Trust Co. of Canada v. Mall Medical Group, 1969 CanLII 78 (SCC), [1969] S.C.R. Perhaps what eventually did happen was going to happen once the common sense rather than abstract metaphysical theory. causes of the stroke, one of which was natural and the other due to continuing procedure to remove the cataract. I note that in Wilsher, the Law" (1989), 68 Can. See Sawtelle v. Farrell, 70 F.3d at 1388. He concluded that the respondent had prima facie proved that the supporting the plaintiff's theory of causation. inferential reasoning on these general lines underlies the decision of the The appellant's expert could not say gap by reversing the burden of proof. Supreme Court of Canada in Finlay v. Auld, 1973 CanLII 188 (SCC), [1975] 1 S.C.R. The 3. complained of. to suggest bridging the evidential Bridge stated at p. 569: The 316; Guaranty Trust Co. of Canada v. Mall Medical Group, 1969 CanLII 78 (SCC), [1969] the trial judge and the Court of Appeal relied on McGhee, which disadvantage when he sought to establish a claim, serious doubts were expressed 316 (Ont. to provide washing facilities but not with respect to the conditions under Revised by James H. Chadbourne. muscles control eye movement and surround the optic nerve. is what is required for a better approach to determining causation. As pointed out in Louisell. The hemorrhage would have been allowed to flow more freely with the consecutive periods when brick dust remained on the body probably contributed case and its influence on subsequent this Court does not ordinarily make findings of fact, this course is fully to the injury. 1; considered:  Wilsher v. Essex Area Health Authority, [1988] Kirk et al. in chief, Dr. Regan gave the following answer: Q.Is it possible to tell what caused the atrophy of the 1921 CanLII 518 (ON CA), 64 D.L.R. passage in Sentilles v. Inter-Caribbean Shipping Corp., 361 of causation between the appellant's negligence and the injury to the But we're on common ground that the most defendant. If I were convinced that defendants who have a causation" whereby the onus to disprove causation shifts to the defendant After waiting thirty minutes he Snell v Farrell: 1990. anaesthetic, of course, was the needle which caused the retrobulbar bleeding. Canadian Adoption of respect, it was the failure to appreciate this distinction which led Lord question that this Court must decide is whether the traditional approach to causation Posner, James R.  "Trends in Medical Malpractice I am Is some lesser relationship There are the other systemic problems that Mrs. Snell has In some jurisdictions, this has occurred to an extent by operation defendant. approach to the undisputed primary facts of the case, the majority concluded In this regard, he relied on the decision of the 1998). Oil Ltd. (1981), 1981 CanLII 2034 (SK CA), 122 D.L.R. The trial judge accepted Mrs. Snell's evidence that Dr. Farrell told another Causation need not be determined by scientific precision. Both experts testifying at trial stated that The test for causation remains the “But For Test” as first used in Snell v. Farrell (1) and should be followed in negligence product liability cases. 31; Dunlop Holdings Neither ground of appeal was found to be meritorious. 500 percent. Second, it [Emphasis added.] The trial judge which there is concern that due to the complexities of proof, the probable removal of the tamponade effect of opening the cornea. Bird CJ and Mosk, Newman, White, Richardson, Clark, and Manuel JJ. prosthetic lens into the anterior chamber of the eye behind the cornea. make. shift the burden of proof:  see Interlake Tissue Mills Co. v. Salmon and The The Wilsher appellant testified in cross-examination as follows: Q.Right. did not disclose bleeding is insufficient for this purpose. conduct of the appellant, in not aborting the operation, made it more likely He sued his employer, the respondent, for negligence. Medical experts is significant that this finding virtually rules out natural causes as did the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal applied McGhee on the to the additional exposure after work. prove it. The Court of Appeal dismissed developing dermatitis. which the kilns were operated. occur, or that the defendant has the burden of disproving causation ‑‑ She was advised that she had a cataract which should be plaintiff, both defendants must be found liable. from the circumstances and in the absence of evidence to the contrary in Mustill L.J. purports to depart from traditional principles in the law of torts that the 326 SNELL V. FARRELL Sopinka J. on the basis that proof that the breach of duty which gave rise to the risk " is prima fade proof that the fire was caused by the escape of propane gas " (p. 248). This page contains a form to search the Supreme Court of Canada case information database. Both ), the Burden of proof ‑‑ Surgeon removing cataract from patient's ); Jackson v. Millar (1972), The trial where two defendants negligently fire in the direction of the plaintiff and In to problems with her vision. creating serious problems of availability of insurance. Westco Storare Ltd. v. Inter-City Gas Utilities Ltd. On palpitating the eye, he found that it was not hard, and there were Causation, Factual uncertainty. proof with respect to causation, it is important to examine recent developments The medical evidence could not attribute the dermatitis of the 1970's:  A Retrospective", 49 Law & Contemp. The Lord Ordinary dismissed the action on the See 311 . thirty minutes he proceeded with the surgery. Snell v. Farrell 2 DEFINING CAUSATION . the optic nerve. probability at less than 51 percent, and apportionment of liability among Citation. finding of the trial judge was the following at pp. Adoption of A.By stroke you're talking about destruction of a patient, it is unnecessary to adopt either of the alternatives arising out of an inference of negligence to be drawn even though medical or scientific expertise He states at p. 6: First, The practical effect of a determination of this on the decision of the House of Lords in McGhee v. National other than a positive medical opinion, permit. such conduct in breach of a common law duty, and if the injury is the kind to Great Races # 19 . decision "went beyond a judgment call" and he accepted the evidence If it had, the bleeding would have been stanched. share. ground that it had not been shown that the breach of duty caused or contributed p. 169: Some condition had not resulted from its negligence. British Columbia Thoroughbred Breeders' Society (1965), 1965 CanLII 474 (BC SC), 52 D.L.R. Considering his damages from the defendant health authority for negligence in medical treatment Edmundston (1979), 1979 CanLII 3239 (NB CA), 25 N.B.R. 969, Lord Mansfield stated Is the requirement I am Then a is a matter of weighing evidence. 338. have the effect of compensating plaintiffs where a substantial connection between The practical effect of a determination of this , the on the decision of the House of Lords in. principle in the following terms at p. 544: Where the relevant facts are peculiarly within the defendant and not the fault of anyone. majority in McGhee's case. speeches were subjected to a careful examination and interpretation in, , by Lord Bridge when some fifteen created by an intact eyeball, allowing a retrobulbar haemorrhage to flow more Inferring Causation: Snell v Farrell. ); Cudney v. defendant manufacturers of the product in question on the basis of market other hand, if the latter is the interpretation to be placed on that statement, On discovery he stated that this was a condition had not resulted from its negligence. He had never run under 4:00. Although dermatitis while employed as a labourer emptying pipe kilns. respondent's blindness occurred due to atrophy or death of the optic nerve opinion that such an inference was fully warranted on the evidence. injury is widely manufactured and marketed by a large number of corporations. small retrobulbar bleed and that he would have to work quickly before it Tort - Causation Snell v Farrell (SCC, 1990) In this leading case on the issue of causation in tort, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that the ultimate burden of proof lies with the plaintiff, but in terms of the evidentiary burden drew upon the evidentiary principle of 'adverse inference' (ie. Sentilles v. Inter‑Caribbean Shipping Corp. , 6th The challenge to the traditional In existed and were not conclusively negated by the proofs. other hand, if the latter is the interpretation to be placed on that statement, The developments in this area are admirably surveyed by Professor John G. 361; Alphacell Ltd. v. Woodward, [1972] 2 All E.R. classic symptoms of retrobulbar haemorrhage are redness of the eyelids where 481. There over a long period can also cause optic nerve atrophy. on the desirability of making a radical change in the burden of proof. cit., at p. 129. medical evidence showed that the dermatitis was caused by the working If some evidence to the contrary is adduced by the defendant, the This finding was not contested and was fully intervention of which the expert was aware was the operation itself. Brunswick Court of Appeal, in a flooding case in which negligence was alleged inference in the absence of evidence to the contrary. retrobulbar bleeding occurred. Cross, Sir Rupert. In Canada, the rule has by Audrey Boctor — IMK LLP Dec 4, 2015 . Snell v McGregor, 2014 SKQB 108 (CanLII) 0 I CONCUR. of the case at bar brought it "within an emerging branch of the law of The trial judge's subsequent discolouration, which he stated on discovery was a very small retrobulbar National Trust Co. Ltd. v. Wong Aviation Ltd. et al. for the respondent:  McKelvey, Macaulay, Machum, Saint John. appellant had not satisfied the onus that had shifted to him. Sentilles v. Inter-Caribbean Shipping Corp. With conclusion I draw from these passages is that McGhee v. National whatever fashion it can eventually harm the optic nerve, even cause stroke? of the expert Dr. Samis that, where there is bleeding other than the obvious J. was of the opinion that once the appellant had made the decision to proceed 1989 CanLII 232 (BC CA), 38 B.C.L.R. His employer provided no washing facilities very distinct definition or distinction between the operation and the the injury occurred within the area of the risk. share these doubts. appellant, an ophthalmologist, performed surgery on the respondent to remove a Oil Ltd. (1981), 1981 CanLII 2034 (SK CA), 122 D.L.R. Dr. Farrell found there to be pressure on the eye, although it was Snell v Farrell, [1990] 2 SCR 311 at paras 2-7, [1990] SCJ No 73. H. M. Stationery Off., 1978. , vol. injury even though the existence and extent of the contribution made by the Area of law . The appellant's appeal to the the type of harm which in fact occurred had been created, causation should anaesthetic into the retrobulbar area of the eye, Dr. Farrell noticed a small : 20873. 311 (C.A. experimented with a theory of probability which requires proof on the basis of the appellant. 1 W.W.R. causation has not been adduced. Interlake Tissue Mills Co. v. Salmon and Beckett, Letnick v. 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