The Court of Appeal has today (4 December 2014) ruled that a child suffering from foetal alcohol syndrome is not entitled to compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

The full judgement is yet to be released but this case is hugely important not only for the parties involved but also because it explores more complex issues such as whether a foetus is an independent person during the course of pregnancy. This case will also assist personal injury lawyers in clarifying the law in relation to cases where there is harm to the foetus as a result of the mother's actions during her pregnancy. 

Mala Parmar, associate solicitor in the personal injury and clinical negligence team, highlights the main points of the case.

Foetal alcohol syndrome case rejected by Court of Appeal - December 2014.pdf