The duty to inform the doctor exists only with respect to those risks that are already known at the time of treatment.

a) A duty to inform the doctor exists only with respect to those risks that are already known at the time of treatment.
b) The appellant, who triumphs in the first instance, may rely not only on timely notification that, and for what reasons, the Appeals Tribunal does not wish to follow the appraisal of the lower court, but also to obtain an opportunity to supplement his case-statement effectively or to take further evidence.
c) § 531 para. 2 sentence 1 No. 1 ZPO presupposes that the legal opinion of the court has influenced the first-instance substantive submissions of the party and has therefore become (co-) the reason for the fact that party submissions have been postponed to appeal proceedings. However, this is already to be assumed if the court of the first instance, had it shared the later considered correct by the Court of Appeal, had been obliged to make a reference under Section 139 para. 2 ZPO.

BGH DECISION VI ZR 370 / 17 of 29. May 2018

BGB § 280, § 823 Abs. 1 Aa, I; GG Art. 103 Abs. 1; ZPO § 531 Abs. 2 Continue reading

A patient can easily ask the treating hospital to return all treatment documents

Ein Patient kann vom behandelnden Krankenhaus XCHARX gegen Kostenerstattung XCHARX ohne weiteres die Herausgabe aller Behandlungsunterlagen verlangen. Namen und Anschriften der an seiner Behandlung beteiligten Ärzte muss das Krankenhaus aber nur dann mitteilen, wenn der Patient ein berechtigtes Interesse an diesen Daten nachweist. Das hat der 26. Zivilsenat des Oberlandesgerichts Hamm am 14.07.2017 entschieden und damit das erstinstanzliche Urteil des Landgerichts Bochum vom 27.07.2016 (Az. 6 O 9/16 LG Bochum) bestätigt. Continue reading

Treatment error of a veterinarian

Also, when a veterinarian treats an animal, a gross maladministration capable of causing harm of the kind actually encountered regularly results in the reversal of the objective burden of proof on the causal link between the treatment error and the damage to health.

BGH JUDGMENT VI ZR 247 / 15 of 10. May 2016

BGB § 823 I Continue reading

No claim of the patient against the hospital operator on disclosure of the private address of a hired doctor

The plaintiff, who has been hospitalized in the defendant's facility, claims damages for these and two doctors employed by her. Initially, one of the doctors could not file the lawsuit under the clinic's name because the plaintiff's representative had not given the name correctly. After correcting the name, the delivery was successful. Nevertheless, the plaintiff requested information from the clinic about the private address of the doctor concerned. This was rejected by the defendant.

The district court dismissed the action. The district court has condemned the defendant for information, because anonymity is not compatible with the nature of the doctor-patient relationship. It allowed the revision. Continue reading

Burden of proof for a breach of the obligation to inform a re-pregnancy

The burden of proof for a violation of the obligation to inform a re-pregnancy has the patient. It must therefore be certain that the reference to the failure rate has been omitted.

OLG Hamm 26 U 112 / 13 vom 17.06.2014 - Information on the possibility of pregnancy despite sterilization Continue reading

Liability for a partly fateful, partly caused by treatment error health damage on the occasion of a birth

The plaintiff suffered severe damage to his health in connection with his birth. Therefore, he claimed the treating gynecologist, the midwife, a pediatric nurse and the carrier of the document hospital for damages.

Im ersten Teil des Verfahrens erging zum Anspruchsgrund ein rechtskräftiges Grund- und Teilendurteil des Oberlandesgerichts. In diesem wurde festgestellt, dass die Beklagten als Gesamtschuldner verpflichtet sind, dem Kläger sämtliche Schäden zu ersetzen, die dem Kläger XCHARXanlässlich und aufgrund der Behandlung durch die Beklagten nach seiner GeburtXCHARX entstanden sind und noch entstehen werden. Im vorliegenden Verfahrensabschnitt ging es um die Höhe des dem Kläger zustehenden Schadensersatzes. Das Oberlandesgericht hat insoweit entschieden, dass sich aus dem vorangegangenen Grundurteil eine Bindungswirkung dahin ergebe, dass die Beklagten nur für die Schäden hafteten, die dem Kläger nach seiner Geburt entstanden seien. Insoweit sei der von den Beklagten verursachte Schadensanteil auf höchstens 20 % zu begrenzen. Continue reading

Dentist has a patient about a prosthetic restoration by means of single crowns or a blockage completely clear

A dentist should fully educate a patient about prosthetic restoration using single crowns or interlocking if both treatments are medically equally indicated and commonplace and have substantially different risks and chances of success so that the patient has a real choice.

Higher Regional Court Hamm, 26 U 54 / 13 of the 17.12.2013

§§ 823, 253, 249ff BGB Continue reading
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