31 August 2010
Man awarded £90k in clinical negligence compensation
The government has awarded an 18-year-old man £90,000 in clinical negligence compensation after he was left seriously brain damaged following an MMR vaccine when he was a baby.
Robert Fletcher received the vaccination - which involves an initial dose and a booster jab before the child starts school - when he was 13 months old and now requires constant care from his mother Jackie as he has frequent epileptic fits, cannot talk or feed himself and is also unable to stand upright unaided.
Mr Fletcher's family originally applied for compensation through the government's Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme in 1997, but were turned down despite the fact that Ms Fletcher was adamant that the injection had caused her son's epilepsy.
She stated that Mr Fletcher's first fit occurred ten days after the MMR vaccination was administered but Dr Andrew Wakefield claimed that there may be a link between MMR and autism.
The woman claimed she felt vindicated by the award and added that she hoped it would act as a precedent for similar cases in the future.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens