A brain injury claim against Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has resulted in the trust being ordered to pay £2 million in compensation after 42-year-old Neal Allen was left with severe brain damage.
The health care centre delayed diagnosing and treating a cerebral abscess and, as a result, it is now unsafe for Mr Allen to live alone.
He is also unable to continue with the work he did prior to the accident as he requires around-the-clock care.
"We simply had to fight this case - and win. Mr Allen had a responsible and well-paid job and a good quality of life, which was taken from him," solicitor Yasmin Ameer was quoted by Cambridge News as saying.
The settlement has been broken down into a lump sum of £1.03 million, which will be followed by annual payments of £35,000 until December 2013, after which the amount will change.
Paul Sankey, clinical negligence partner at RJW, commented on the story, saying: "This tragic case shows that serious medical errors can happen in the best hospitals. Brain injuries can cause devastating disability, serious financial loss and can wreck lives. Awards of damages cannot turn back the clock but they can enable victims to obtain the care they need."
This comes after the Department of Health announced it would be reviewing all outstanding Northern Ireland-based clinical negligence cases over ten years old, the BBC reported.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett