this morning's Today programme 4 Justin Webb interviewing the mother of 14 year old, Charlie Scott, who has just achieved a settlement of £7 million as a result of negligence during her labour.  " />

£7m settlement for medical negligence during labour

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Mrs Scott eloquently explained the impact that the money would have on the well being of her son to ensure that he is provided with the proper care the equipment that he requires for the rest of his life.

Also interviewed was the chief executive of the Medical Defence Union, who are seeking to overturn the rule under the 1948 Law Reform (Personal Injuries) Act whereby Claimants are able to claim for the cost of private provision for future care rather than rely the NHS or local authorities.  They argue that the spiralling cost of private care is unsustainable and may "bankrupt" the NHS and that instead claimants should rely on the NHS and state provision of care.  Of course, in cases where the claimants have been injured for the long-term, a significant amount of the settlement achieved will be in order to pay for good quality care in the future.  Whilst, Mrs Scott acknowledged that it might be possible to rely on local authorities and the NHS to provide care for Charlie, the provision is patchy and can be unreliable and the benefit of private care for Charlie is the consistency and reliability of the care.  For Charlie's mother, like many of our clients, their primary concern is to have the certainty that their child will receive good quality care throughout their life.

 Annabelle Eyre
Clinical Negligence Team 

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