Roopchand (Appellant) v Tesheira (The Executrix of the Estate of Russell Tesheira) (Respondent) (Trinidad and Tobago)
Case ID: JCPC 2018/0096
Jurisdiction: Court of Appeal of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Whether the Court of Appeal was correct to uphold the trial judge’s findings as to causation and quantum (among other matters).
On 13 April 2004, Mr Tesheira was admitted to the Gulf View Medical Centre (“GVM”) to undergo surgery on his prostate. The operation was performed by Dr Goetz, whilst Dr Roopchand acted as Mr Tesheira’s anaesthetist. Mr Tesheira experienced heavy bleeding following the operation and died the same day. Mr Tesheira’s widow and executrix, Mrs Tesheira, issued a writ of summons against GVM, Dr Goetz, and Dr Roopchand for clinical negligence in the death of her husband seeking damages in excess of TTD$18 million.
Mrs Tesheira’s claim against Dr Goetz was settled before trial. At first instance, Kokaram J awarded Mrs Tesheira damages of TTD$18,034,772.33 (plus costs to be assessed) against GVM and Dr Roopchand. GVM and Dr Roopchand’s appeal to the Court of Appeal was dismissed (although several findings of Kokaram J were reversed). GVM and Dr Roopchand now appeal to the Judicial Committee, with leave of the Court of Appeal, against both liability and quantum.
Crisen Jendra Roopchand
Karen Tesheira (The Executrix of the Estate of Russell Tesheira)
Lord Reed, Lord Sales, Lord Hamblen, Lord Stephens, Lord Pentland
Hearing start date
13 July 2022
Hearing finish date
14 July 2022