‘Eggshell Skull’ Rule

On 23rd April, 2024, the Supreme Court, in a Judgment delivered in a medical negligence case, explained the applicability of ‘Eggshell Skull Rule’.

  • The Court was dealing with an appeal preferred by a woman (claimant) against the hospital seeking enhancement of compensation.
  • The eggshell skull rule is a common law principle applied in civil litigation.
  • Essentially, when the offender would be liable for all injuries that might be intensified due to the peculiar conditions of the injured person that the offender might not have known.
  • Simply put, the defendant would be held responsible for injuries caused to a person when he hit ....
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