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Birth Injury Claims, Clinical Negligence Solicitor Michelle Woolls discusses in relation to Clinical Negligence Compensation

The Independent today reports that between 2011 and 2012 the NHS paid out £1.2 billion in Clinical Negligence Compensation.
On the face of it, this figure is enormous, particularly considering the current economic climate. However, what many do not realise is what exactly such Clinical Negligence Claims consist of.  
As an example, consider the case of a baby who has been negligently starved of oxygen at birth and as a result, develops Cerebral Palsy. Instead of growing up to lead a "normal" life, they will require long-term specialist care and assistance. Many of these children will never be able to work or lead an independent life of their own. The purpose of Birth Injury Claim Compensation is to put people back in the position they would have been had they not been injured by Clinical Negligence. When such clients come to us, it is therefore our job to help the family to recover Compensation to cover costs such as:

•         Specialist care
•         Specially adapted accommodation
•         Aids and equipment to assist with daily life
•         Specialist treatment
A sum for loss of earnings may also awarded to reflect the fact that the child will never be able to work.
We must ensure that sufficient funds are available to ensure that the child receives appropriate care and treatment for the rest of his or her life. One can therefore see how the cost of the above items could easily add up to a seven figure sum.
Clients in Medical Negligence cases do not choose to be in the situation that they find themselves in when they come to us for help and advice. Often, many have suffered devastating outcomes at the hands of medical staff who do their very best to treat with limited resources. A compensation payment does not represent a windfall, but a way of improving quality of life and increasing independence. The figures may seem shocking, but as the above example shows, such payments are necessary and deserved. Many of our clients have benefited from the Rehabilitation Code. Under the Rehabilitation Code solicitors have a duty to consider in consultation with the medical team whether there is an immediate need for rehabilitation, drugs, aids, adaptations, additional mental health treatment, adjustments to employment that would help alleviate problems caused by the injury.

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