NHS to pay for child's lifetime care

Posted: 23rd February 2016

Clinical negligenceCompensation is designed to put negligence victims in the same position that they would have been in had they not been injured. Sometimes that cannot be achieved by money alone and that was certainly so in the case of a 10-year-old girl who was left needing a lifetime of care by an admitted hospital blunder.

The girl, aged 10, had been taken to hospital when she was a few weeks old. She was discharged before blood test results became available which would have revealed a potentially dangerous bacterial infection. She subsequently developed meningitis which caused serious damage to her brain. Although she was able to attend school, she was prone to respiratory infections, had a life expectancy to the age of just 24 and would always require around-the-clock care.

The NHS admitted full liability for her injuries and agreed to pay her a lump sum of £1,837,000.  She would also receive tax-free and index-linked annual payments to cover the costs of her care, starting at £204,000 before rising to £230,000 when she turned 19. Those payments would continue for however long she lived. The High Court has approved the settlement as being in the young girl’s best interests.

Sadly, such claims are essential when things go wrong at the hospital but innocent vitims are increasingly under attack for asserting their legal rights and seeking compensation for ruined and lost lives. Read more of the problems on our blog at The bitterest pill.