Daños tardíos. Avite c. Grünenthal. Comentario a la SJPI nº 90 Madrid, 19.11.2013, sobre los daños causados por la talidomida (Late Damages. Avite v. Grünenthal. Comment to the Decision of the Madrid Court of First Instance, no. 90, November 19, 2013, on the Damages Caused by Thalidomide)

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Pablo Salvador-Coderch

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law

Carlos Gómez Ligüerre

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law

Antoni Rubí-Puig

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Sonia Ramos

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law

Antoni Terra

Stanford Law School

Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

Spanish Abstract: Este trabajo comenta la primera sentencia española dictada sobre la responsabilidad civil derivada de los daños causados por la talidomida. La cuestión principal que plantea es la relacionada con la prescripción de la acción de daños, teniendo en cuenta que entre el hecho dañoso y la presentación de la demanda ha transcurrido más de medio siglo. La magistrada Gemma Susana Fernández Díaz considera no prescrita la acción con base en la doctrina del daño continuado y compensa todos los daños asociados a la talidomida. De esta manera, no se analiza la cuestión del concurso de los daños continuados con los daños permanentes ni la consiguiente posibilidad de entender justificada la reclamación de la Asociación de Víctimas de la Talidomida en España (Avite) únicamente en cuanto a los daños tardíos, conocidos solo recientemente por la ciencia médica, tal como resulta del Informe del Instituto de Gerontología de la Universidad de Heidelberg, dirigido por el Prof. Dr. Andreas Kruse.

English Abstract: This article discusses the first Spanish ruling on tort liability for damages caused by thalidomide. The main issue at stake in the ruling concerns the application of the statute of limitations to the liability claims, since more than half of a century had passed between the time the product was put into circulation and the lawsuit brought by Association of Victims of Thalidomide in Spain (Avite). In the case, Judge Gemma Susana Fernández Díaz applies the doctrine of continuous damages and holds that the plaintiff’s claims are not barred by the statute of limitations or prescription. In compensating the whole damage resulting from thalidomide, the Judge fails to evaluate the distinction between permanent damages and late damages caused by thalidomide, being the latter only recently known by medical science, as highlighted in the report issued by the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Heidelberg led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Kruse.

Note: Downloadable document is in Spanish.

Keywords: late damages, secondary sequelae, continuous damages, thalidomide, statute of limitations, supplier’s liability, defective product

Suggested Citation

Salvador-Coderch, Pablo and Gómez Ligüerre, Carlos and Rubí-Puig, Antoni and Ramos, Sonia and Terra, Antoni, Daños tardíos. Avite c. Grünenthal. Comentario a la SJPI nº 90 Madrid, 19.11.2013, sobre los daños causados por la talidomida (Late Damages. Avite v. Grünenthal. Comment to the Decision of the Madrid Court of First Instance, no. 90, November 19, 2013, on the Damages Caused by Thalidomide) (January 2014). InDret, Vol. 1, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2389082

Pablo Salvador-Coderch (Contact Author)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Barcelona, 08005
Spain

Carlos Gómez Ligüerre

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Barcelona, 08005
Spain

Antoni Rubí-Puig

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

United States

Sonia Ramos

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Barcelona, 08005
Spain

Antoni Terra

Stanford Law School ( email )

Stanford, CA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.linkedin.com/in/antoniterra

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