Sequela Law and Legal Definition

Sequela refers to a pathological condition resulting from a disease, injury, or other trauma. It can also be secondary consequence or result. For example, paralysis is one of the sequela of poliomyelitis.

The following is an example of a case law defining Sequela:

The word "sequela" is to be treated as a term of art that carries a "precise and special meaning." The Court defined the term as referring to "somatic conditions or events recognizable as the pathological sequence or result of an existing disease or disorder or as an independent accompaniment of such a disease or disorder." [Haley v. Secretary of HHS, 1999 U.S. Claims LEXIS 157, 54-55 (Fed. Cl. June 21, 1999)]