Outer Temple Chambers achieves payout over ambulance delay

Outer Temple Chambers has achieved a payout of more than £500,000 in the case of Ceri Leigh v The London Ambulance Service, in which the firm’s attorney, Christopher Gibson QC, was representing the claimant.

The claimant successfully sued London Ambulance Service (LAS) on the basis of the doctrine of ‘material contribution causation’ as established in Gibson’s earlier case of Bailey v Ministry of Defence.

In Ms Leigh’s case, the LAS had been 17 minutes late to respond to an emergency call after she had dislocated her knee. Ms Leigh then went on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of her experience, and she won her case on the basis that the LAS’s delay materially contributed to her developing the PTSD.

It was not possible to show that she would not have developed it if the ambulance had arrived 17 minutes earlier, but the case was won on the basis that the delay played a material part in her developing the syndrome.