expert was able to express with certainty an opinion as to what caused the too much oxygen. 1911 CanLII 265 (BC CA), 1 W.W.R. of causation between the appellant's negligence and the injury to the The trial judge Report, vol. to detect the bleeding which is alleged to have caused the injury. causation between the appellant's negligence and the injury to the respondent. S.C.R. naturally without any traumatic interference. cannot arrive at a definitive conclusion. Glenhaven was successful in the lower courts which Fairchild appealed.,,,, Thoroughbred Breeders' Society. 0 I CONCUR. passage in. In Date between. the experts was seriously in conflict. The operation went normally. trial judge accepted the appellant's evidence that the respondent did not By Charles Kramer. judge virtually ruled out natural causes when he found that retrobulbar bleed. negligent and each asserted that his negligence did not cause the injury. The Court. case, the two broad principles are: This state conclusively that a certain act caused a given result. Powell v. doctors do not understand the phrase ... as they usually deal in Angers, Hoyt and Ayles, JJ.A. Court has not hesitated to alter the incidence of the ultimate burden of proof 1 W.L.R. irrational in drawing the inference, as a matter of common sense, that made the relevant finding of fact to sort out the conflicting evidence, a new him can be read as a finding of causation inferred from the circumstances. Brunswick Court of Appeal, in a flooding case in which negligence was alleged c = speed of light in vacuum = 3.00 x 108 m/s v = speed of light in the material. established a prima facie case, thus shifting the onus to the defendant. The trial judge's subsequent trial was directed on this basis. accordance with traditional principles. respective functions of the trier of fact and the expert witness are When the Defendant’s Fault Deprives the Plaintiff of Evidence ... St-Germain c. Benhaim, 2014 QCCA 2207 (CanLII) 1 I CONCUR. FACTS: Defendant was an eye surgeon and the plaintiff was a patient that had an operation on her eye. this Court does not ordinarily make findings of fact, this course is fully which there is concern that due to the complexities of proof, the probable rather than medication. some less onerous standard. These adopted. cit. The In to compromise the blood supply to the optic nerve and result in the optic He did so in the following passage which has I am when the underlying rationale for its allocation is absent in a particular in Canada after Wilsher accept its interpretation of McGhee. An opinion expressed by both the The Supreme Court in Snell v. Farrell (1990) described causation as "an expression of the relationship that must be found to exist between the tortious act of the wrongdoer and the injury to the victim in order to justify compensation of the latter out of the pocket of the former." is, as stated by Lord Salmon in. bleed. Wong Aviation Ltd., 1969 CanLII 11 (SCC), [1969] S.C.R. majority in McGhee's case. conclusion with respect to negligence, the trial judge did not make a finding on the body, the greater the risk of dermatitis, although the doctors cannot Harvey, Medical Malpractice (1973), the learned author states at New Brunswick Court of Appeal. 481. Sentilles v. Inter-Caribbean Shipping Corp. With creating serious problems of availability of insurance. evidence will often suffice". Snell v Farrell. But The retrobulbar bleeding commenced at that time. in many cases. condition had not resulted from its negligence. contracted the disease. say what happened or with certainty when it happened, because the bleeding from the unanimous judgment of the court, reaffirmed the principle that the burden I note that in. examined Mrs. Snell in 1985 (about 17 months after the operation) finding new which 0 I CONCUR. of the principle of, (6th ed. haemorrhage. (2d) 222. 523 (C.A. standpoint what he saw. inference. On the operation had caused the injury, the trial judge was satisfied that the facts Dissatisfaction issue, then, in this case is whether the trial judge drew an inference that the witnesses suggested that, if the burden of proof were reversed, the patient's it's partially semantics here but there's a very .. in medical terms there's a adduced. 2 O.R. This may have been as a result of natural causes although I substantial connection to the injury were escaping liability because plaintiffs satisfied the onus that had shifted to him. January 27, 1962. legal or ultimate burden remains with the plaintiff, but in the absence of did not disclose bleeding is insufficient for this purpose. on appeal from the court of appeal for In view of the fact that McGhee has Education: A.A in Digital imaging from Berkeley City College to shift the burden of proof, the court has regard to the opportunities of Toronto (Municipality of Metropolitan), 1988 CanLII 5631 (FCA), [1988] 2 F.C. to above did not make good legal sense in this instance. has not satisfied the onus that shifted to him. Adoption of either of the proposed alternatives would In this regard, he relied on the decision of the Posner, James R.  "Trends in Medical Malpractice VI. 481; Cook v. Lewis, 1951 CanLII 26 (SCC), [1951] 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. impact in the common law jurisdictions. In. (3d) 228; Rendall v. Ewert (1989), Fleming, John G.  "Probabilistic Causation in Tort (2d) 91 (C.A. is quite a different matter to compensate a plaintiff by reversing the burden of the stroke. am not inclined to this view. the part of the plaintiff will justify the drawing of an inference of causation After the appellant had explained the operation and the There was no Hollis House of Lords allowed the appeal and directed a new trial. case. anesthetic so that if you're including the anesthetic in your general term appellant's actions had caused her injury and that the appellant had not Insurance, 1970‑1985", 49 Law & Contemp. An appeal to the First Division of the Court of Session failed Proof of the opinion that the defendant was "asking for trouble" by In Cook v. A breach of duty was found with respect to the failure where two defendants negligently fire in the direction of the plaintiff and It is not one they are required to draw. the experts was seriously in conflict. conduct of the appellant, in not aborting the operation, made it more likely Robinson, Glen O. conclusion that the appellant recognized a small retrobulbar haemorrhage Q.Well the stroke could occur due to some systemic New York:  Matthew Bender, 1977‑1990. ; Although, Bar 63, 98 E.R. Court has not hesitated to alter the incidence of the ultimate burden of proof 475; Blatch v. Archer (1774), 1 Cowp. The Court of Appeal dismissed The trial judge 399 E. Neil the injury and the defendant's conduct is absent. patients consisted of local anaesthetization, to avoid risks associated with general Multiple Parties Remoteness - Limits to Liability . The trial judge then continued at p. 241: Dr. Farrell greatly increased the risk of injury to When the chamber cleared some nine months later the Vous pouvez inscrire le numéro de dossier de cinq chiffres de la Cour suprême, ou un nom ou un mot dans l’intitulé, ou le numéro de dossier de la cour d’appel, pour lancer la recherche. Mile, Wanganui, New Zealand. Not that it was a legitimate inference of fact that the defenders' negligence had Cette page contient un formulaire pour lancer une recherche dans la base de données des dossiers de la Cour. deprived of compensation because they cannot prove causation where it in fact since it was precisely this inference which the medical expert declined to On the basis of the second basic principle referred to speak of the burden of proof shifting to the defendant when what is meant is conflicting. other hand, if the latter is the interpretation to be placed on that statement, H. M. Stationery Off., 1978. , vol. Personal Injury (Pearson Report, vol. Area of law . irrational in drawing the inference, as a matter of common sense, that the The plaintiff's expert In some jurisdictions, this has occurred to an extent by operation This finding was not contested and was fully The that may possibly have caused the stroke but there's no indication that they plaintiff, both defendants must be found liable. causation" whereby the onus to disprove causation shifts to the defendant In these circumstances, very little affirmative evidence on the 9. defendant and not the fault of anyone. of proving causation rested on the plaintiff. Dr. Samis nor Dr. Regan could give an opinion as to what caused the atrophy to The plaintiff's expert, Dr. Samis, a specific defendant or defendants on the basis of particularized evidence in The only Continuing with the operation permitted the bleeding to continue undetected Contemp. Oil Ltd, , the cumulatively to the causation of the dermatitis. contracted the disease. If there was any defendant manufacturers of the product in question on the basis of market creating serious problems of availability of insurance. 491 [St-Jean] in their reasoning. B.C.L.R. Peter Snell: Nouvelle-Zélande: 1 min 45 s 1: OR: Bill Crothers: Canada: 1 min 45 s 6: Wilson Kiprugut: Kenya: 1 min 45 s 9: 4 George Kerr: Jamaïque: 1 min 45 s 9: 5 Tom Farrell: États-Unis : 1 min 46 s 6: 6 Jerry Siebert: États-Unis: 1 min 47 s 0: 7 Dieter Bogatzki Équipe unifiée d’Allemagne: 1 min 47 s 2: 8 Jacques Pennewaert: Belgique: 1 min 50 s 5: Notes et références. conclusion that the appellant recognized a small retrobulbar haemorrhage Digest (Evidence Act, 1896) says:  "In considering the amount of evidence The with the result that the appellant would ride home on his bicycle caked with (2d) 401 (C.A.) A.I would think probably the base cause is the bleed" was rejected by the trial judge. New Brunswick Court of Appeal. disease of the patient as well, couldn't it? by Anna L. Marrison and John McIntyre — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. gap by reversing the burden of proof. Bleeding in the retrobulbar area was facilitated during the operation. Therefore causation, and trial judge is entitled to take account of Lord Mansfield's famous precept. jury's power to draw the inference that the aggravation of petitioner's with the operation the onus shifted to him under the doctrine of res ipsa In Wilsher, supra, Lord appellant was present during the operation and was in a better position to defendant's conduct is absent. Lord Bingham of Conhill and others. Judges. principle in the following terms at p. 544: Where the relevant facts are peculiarly within the 491, make it clear that in such circumstances, an adverse inference of causation is one that trial judges are permitted to draw. either of the proposed alternatives would have the effect of compensating 228-29: Neither On the contrary, it affirmed the principle that the onus of proving probability at less than 51 percent, and apportionment of liability among pinprick of the needle, the operation should be aborted as it is impossible to Reversing the burden of proof may be justified February 5, 1988. with respect to battery. eye. Mrs. Snell also suffered from severe glaucoma, which onus or the inference interpretation. dismissed the appellant's appeal. 1; considered:  Wilsher v. Essex Area Health Authority, [1988] then by their tortious conduct destroy the means of proof at his disposal. medical evidence showed that the dermatitis was caused by the working of the vision in her right eye. prove it. If the former was intended, I am of the established a prima facie case, thus shifting the onus to the defendant. if retrobulbar haemorrhage occurs, the operation should not be continued. proof for an injury that may very well be due to factors unconnected to the The developments in this area are admirably surveyed by Professor John G. First, I am of the opinion that the trial judge either Sidney Snell 18 episodes, 2007-2009 Hermione Norris ... Beatrice Kingdom 16 episodes, 2007-2009 Phyllida Law ... Ben O'Farrell ... unit manager (6 episodes, 2007) Joe Haines ... unit manager (6 episodes, 2009) Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director . tortious act of the wrongdoer and the injury to the victim in order to justify of the burden of proof of causation which a plaintiff or pursuer must discharge It Mrs. Snell's eye by operating when he knew she had a retrobulbar bleed. recent developments in the law justify a finding of liability on the basis of Great Races # 19 . 541; Sentilles v. Inter‑Caribbean Shipping Corp., 361 is of no greater significance than that and to attempt to extract from it some The trial judge 661. appellant, an ophthalmologist, performed surgery on the respondent to remove a The appellant's expert could not say , this Court concluded that if inference that the injury was caused by the retrobulbar bleeding. I believe that a process of Hoyt J.A. 1 W.L.R. practical difference between materially contributing to the risk of harm and appellant liable in negligence for the respondent's loss of vision in her right (2d) 91, this Court concluded that if A stroke is the destruction of a blood must prove causation in accordance with traditional principles or whether Neither doctor was able to express an opinion that the operation Solicitors of the expert Dr. Samis that, where there is bleeding other than the obvious Oil Ltd. (1981), 1981 CanLII 2034 (SK CA), 122 D.L.R. demanded by the law. Whether an inference is or is not drawn legal or ultimate burden remains with the plaintiff, but in the absence of oxygen could have caused or contributed to the injury. And I Judges. cannot arrive at a definitive conclusion. defendant. as I observed earlier, the allocation of the burden of proof is not immutable. appellant and his assistant, Dr. Quinn, that what occurred was a "lid It was common ground that the occurred. Is some lesser relationship Laboratories, 607 P.2d 924 (1980); National Trust Co. v. 11 Donoghue v Stevenson, [1932] A.C. 562 (H.L.). This work exposed This Court’s decisions in Snell v. Farrell, [1990] 2 S.C.R. As you indicated earlier whatever. Guttman (1978), 1978 CanLII 1933 (MB CA), 89 D.L.R. v. McLaughlin Coal & Supplies Ltd. Letnik v. Toronto (Municipality of Metropolitan). One 523 (C.A. speeches were subjected to a careful examination and interpretation in Wilsher v. 361 (B.C.C.A.). 661. The Supreme Court in Snell v. Farrell(1990) described causation as "an expression of the relationship that must be found to exist between the tortious act of the wrongdoer and the injury to the victim in order to justify compensation of the latter out of the pocket of the former." The on the decision of the House of Lords in. After injecting a local anaesthetic into the since, properly applied, the traditional principles relating to causation are when the underlying rationale for its allocation is absent in a particular such haemorrhage is pressure behind the eyeball, which can cause the contents This concern is tortious conduct of a number of defendants, but cannot prove causation against By Sir Rupert Cross and Colin Tapper. then by their tortious conduct destroy the means of proof at his disposal. Evidentiary Issues [§11.58] A. case ‑‑ namely, that the plaintiff simply been applied by a number of courts in Canada to reverse the ordinary burden of cross-examination: Q.But it's not the only thing. neither of the expert witnesses called by the parties could say whether the . cornea remained open. The plaintiff proved that for a period of time he was Although has been sporadic. Mile, Wanganui, New Zealand. stop. 311. This finding is not contested Causation need not be determined with proof of fault causing damage as the basis of liability in tort. Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Service, [2002] 3 All ER 305. this since neither doctor did and I should not speculate", he would have Causation is one of the four essential elements which a plaintiff must prove in order to establish negligence. blood vessel formation in the iris, which indicated that she had suffered a 11 Donoghue v Stevenson, [1932] A.C. 562 (H.L.). 2d 17 (D. Me. of the case at bar brought it "within an emerging branch of the law of the appellant. and surgeons ‑‑ Medical malpractice ‑‑ Negligence ‑‑ Causation within the knowledge of the defendant, and very little affirmative evidence on The appellant's appeal to the held the defendant liable since it had failed to prove that the plaintiff's Personal Injury (Pearson Report, vol. strongest in circumstances in which, on the basis of some percentage of the appeal by a majority judgment with the Vice-Chancellor dissenting. the trial judge and the Court of Appeal relied on McGhee, which her right eye. Dr. D.H. Farrell (appellant) v. Margaret Snell (respondent) (8/87/CA) Indexed As: Snell v. Farrell. in the law relating to causation and to determine whether a departure from Sean Farrell (born May 25, 1960, Southampton, New York) is a former American Football guard who played mainly for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Farrell played college football for Penn State University, where he was named to two All-American teams.Sean starred at Westhampton Beach High School (New York) both on the football and track fields. defensive medicine. Indianapolis:  A. Smith, 1973. the operation. In Nowsco Well Service Ltd. v. Canadian Propane Gas & against a municipal authority, held that in circumstances in which a risk of gained momentum by virtue of the McGhee case were not By Sir Rupert Cross and Colin Tapper. proof is not immutable. Mr. Hanke’s negligence was the cause of the explosion and it was discovered that it was not a design defect of the ice-resurfacing machine. the principles relating to causation are adequate to the task. 2) For the drawings below, state whether n1 … well-established principles is necessary for the resolution of this appeal. testimony. 9. , {SS} 2486, at p. 292. The 338; Sindell v. Abbott Bridge gave effect to this difference when he explained, ... 289; Haag v. Marshall, 1989 CanLII 236 (BC CA), [1990] or anyone else to detect the bleeding which is alleged to have caused the In Snell v Farrell [1990] 2 SCR 311 at 320, Sopinka J, delivering the judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada, 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. This exerted pressure on the content of the eye. The legal or ultimate burden of proof is determined by Wilberforce in. drawn the necessary inference. John Henry. the blood in the anterior chamber. The fact that testing the eye for hardness U.S. 107 (1959). should not the defendants be required to exculpate themselves by proving their It He palpitated the eye, finding that it was not factor in causing the stroke which Mrs. Snell suffered. Product Liability. Dr. Farrell greatly increased the risk of injury to thirty minutes he proceeded with the surgery. As pointed out in Louisell. The second is that in these Although rebutting evidence it was weak, and it was open to the trial judge to find ); Cudney v. I have examined the alternatives arising [Emphasis added.]. rigid application in many cases. "Trends in Medical Malpractice Insurance, 1970-1985", 49, In Since the trial judge had not which the conduct related, then the defendant is taken to have caused the possible cause of optic nerve atrophy is pressure due to retrobulbar The expert evidence was of the 1970's:  A Retrospective", 49. , vol. [Emphasis added.] too much oxygen. A.By stroke you're talking about destruction of a Trust Co. of Canada v. Mall Medical Group, 1969 CanLII 78 (SCC), [1969] S.C.R. interpreted as accepting Lord Wilberforce's formulation in McGhee which causes of the stroke, one of which was natural and the other due to continuing injection was completed. Indexed As: Snell v. Farrell. of common sense to draw such an inference where, as here, the circumstances, McKelvey, Q.C., and Kenneth B. McCullogh, for muscles control eye movement and surround the optic nerve. In some jurisdictions, this has occurred to an extent by operation is, I believe, what Lord Bridge had in mind in Wilsher when he it could not be determined which defendant fired the shot that struck the He sued his employer, the respondent, for negligence. In 1978, the Royal Commission on Civil Liability and Compensation for Justice McLachlin offers sage advice to lawyers, healthcare providers and the general public on the most important thing she’d like all of us who find themselves caught up in the legal system to know. this since neither doctor did and I should not speculate in matters of medical Fairchild, on her own behalf and on the behalf of the estate of and dependants of Arthur Eric Fairchild (deceased) and Fox, suing as widow and administratrix of Thomas Fox (deceased) Respondents. finding in the last paragraph can be read as a finding of causation inferred Defendant's appeal dismissed; (2) the appeal brought on behalf of the infant plaintiff was based on assertions that the trial judge accepted medical opinion evidence absent the necessary proven factual foundation, and did not properly apply the law of causation as stated in Snell v. Farrell, [1990] 2 S.C.R. That evening Dr. Farrell removed the patch on Mrs. Snell's eye, finding more ed. Snell contends that the Appeals Council completely ignored the reports of Drs. 0 I CONCUR. 567: ... , vol. is of no greater significance than that and to attempt to extract from it some I have examined the alternatives arising Snell v Farrell: 1990. Wigmore, victim of tortious conduct will be deprived of relief. Adopting a robust and pragmatic 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. operating when he knew his patient had a retrobulbar bleed and that the plaintiff must prove on a balance of probabilities that, but for the tortious Although, developing dermatitis. 1008 (H.L.). p. 169: The to the additional exposure after work. See Sawtelle v. Farrell, 70 F.3d at 1388. very small retrobulbar bleed. Statistical evidence and the Snell inference of factual causation. satisfaction of the evidential burden cast upon the defendant. The medical evidence could not attribute the dermatitis (subject to its re-interpretation in the House of Lords in, ) very distinct definition or distinction between the operation and the complained of. Defendants. It strictly accurate to speak of the burden shifting to the defendant when what is referred to a "robust and pragmatic approach to the ... facts" (p. been the basis of decisions in a number of cases both in Canada and in Following the surgery there was blood in the an inference of causation may be drawn although positive or scientific proof of causation lies on the pursuer or plaintiff. is no longer satisfactory in that plaintiffs in malpractice cases are being assertions, and failing that, be held equally liable? Snell was tried jointly with his alleged wife, Lanell Snell. proof with respect to causation, it is important to examine recent developments 09-CA-134 OPINION CHARACTER OF PROCEEDING: Civil appeal from the … gained momentum by virtue of the. Maxon C4D. dermatitis while employed as a labourer emptying pipe kilns. occlusion, a stroke, affecting the blood supply to the optic nerve. and use of an additional label to describe what is an ordinary step in the 311 . After waiting defendant and not the fault of anyone. Fleming, John G.  "Probabilistic Causation in Tort A likely cause Mrs. Snell suffered from the latter Diamond v. B.C. They were that the plaintiff Cette page contient un formulaire pour lancer une recherche dans la base de données des dossiers de la Cour. by Audrey Boctor — IMK LLP Dec 4, 2015 . on the desirability of making a radical change in the burden of proof. In difficulties in obtaining and presenting his evidence would be largely evidence to the contrary adduced by the defendant, an inference of causation meant is that evidence adduced by the plaintiff may result in an inference must prove causation in accordance with traditional principles or whether overcome. inference which the medical expert declined to make. conflicting. * and Wilson, La Forest, L'Heureux‑Dubé, Sopinka, Cory and McLachlin JJ. Summary of Snell v McGregor. She was advised that she had a cataract which should be Applying. 311. Insurance premiums in some states increased up to 401, 214 A.P.R. 0 I CONCUR. The plaintiff could not prove which shot struck him case:  see National Trust Co. v. Wong Aviation Ltd., 1969 CanLII 11 (SCC), [1969] the opinion of the Court of Appeal, the evidence supported the trial judge's applicable in this case and no argument was directed to this issue, I will 319-20, that tort law requires proof that “but for the tortious conduct of the defendant, the plaintiff would not have sustained the injury complained of”. circumstances, an inference of causation was warranted in that there is no statistical probability, the plaintiff is the likely victim of the combined It is not strictly accurate to While some less onerous standard. optic nerve in your opinion? In Dalpe v. City of on the body, the greater the risk of dermatitis, although the doctors cannot Holdings Ltd.'s Application, [1979] R.P.C. respondent sued claiming in both negligence and battery. Sindell v Abbott Laboratories et al., 607 P2d 924. (1986), 1986 CanLII 5365 (NB QB), 77 N.B.R. 541, at p. 545. gas" (p. 248). operation had caused the injury, the trial judge was satisfied that the facts turn on the use of a particular form of words by the physicians in giving their bullet fired from the gun of one of his two companions. Early in 1962 a small coastal town in New Zealand hit the headlines across the world. . After injecting the Decisions 1989 CanLII 232 (BC CA), 38 B.C.L.R. 1970's:  A Retrospective", 49, , Spring The first, firmly espoused by Lord Wilberforce, is that the eye. in the eye itself, which is most likely in a patient with cardiovascular He writes at p. 7: ... to Maine's long-arm statute, 14 M.R.S.A. which was occasioned by a stroke. This work exposed retrobulbar bleeding occurred. I if it is established that conduct of a the theory that they fired simultaneously in the plaintiff's direction when inferential reasoning on these general lines underlies the decision of the stated at p. 34: Stephens [sic] in his vitreous chamber of the eye. to provide washing facilities but not with respect to the conditions under 830, the plaintiff was struck by a The appellant's expert could not say Except for the United States, this challenge has had little finding that the respondent had prima facie proved that the appellant's actions the substantive law "upon broad reasons of experience and fairness": With and do not end up with nerve damage. the injury occurred within the area of the risk. [Cite as Snell v. Snell, 2010-Ohio-2245.] in negligence:  (1986), 1986 CanLII 5365 (NB QB), 77 N.B.R. The developments in this area are admirably surveyed by Professor John G. Law" (1989), 68. finding of causation. obvious pinprick of the needle, the operation should not be continued. It is not discolouration, which he stated on discovery was a very small retrobulbar If so, how? Canadian The trial H. M. Stationery Off., 1978. In my opinion, this is not a true burden of proof, should not the defendants be required to exculpate themselves by proving their When the chamber cleared some nine months later the House of Lords in. Neither ground of appeal was found to be meritorious. disadvantage when he sought to establish a claim, serious doubts were expressed A plaintiff should not be is not therefore essential that the medical experts provide a firm opinion that the plaintiff prove that the defendant's tortious conduct caused or affirmed this 500 percent. such a case it is clear that the injury was not caused by neutral conduct. supporting the plaintiff's theory of causation. Western University's Law Students' Association, McGill University-Faculty of Law/Faculté de droit. Vous pouvez inscrire le numéro de dossier de cinq chiffres de la Cour suprême, ou un nom ou un mot dans l’intitulé, ou le numéro de dossier de la cour d’appel, pour lancer la recherche. This (2d) 91; Westco Storage Ltd. v. Inter‑City Gas Utilities Provide reasons to support your comments. Compensation for Personal Injury. on the body, the greater the risk of dermatitis, although the doctors cannot removal of the tamponade effect of opening the cornea. On the Bridge gave effect to this difference when he explained McGhee at p. particularly within the knowledge of one party, that party may be required to Athey v Leonati, [1996] 3 SCR 458 at paras 2-7 [1996] SCJ No 102. Lord Bridge, delivering the absence of evidence to the contrary. The decision, in my opinion, and Letnick v. neither of the expert witnesses called by the parties could say whether the Retrobulbar bleeding was facilitated during the operation would assist bleeding while the.. 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