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21 February 2017

Life changing brain injury claim

The BBC has reported that the High Court has approved a settlement of £3.6 million for a Claimant who suffered severe brain damage due to Clinical Negligence at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

The Claimant was starved of oxygen during his birth, causing him to develop cerebral palsy and severe learning difficulties.

According to the Daily Post, the boy, who is now a teenager, requires 24-hour care, which is currently provided by his parents who have devoted their lives to helping him.

Longden Walker and Renney’s Richard Ebdon is an expert in complex, high value litigation involving birth injuries.  He commented:

“Financial support for children who have been caused to suffer brain damage is vitally important for the child and their family.  It is crucial that proper specialist representation is obtained, so that the child and family can get appropriate support, without delay, and of a nature that will ensure that the child is adequately provided for the rest of his or her life.”

Richard has over 40 years experience of representing people who have suffered injury as a result of negligence.  He is a member of the Law Society's Specialist Panel of Clinical Negligence Solicitors and has been a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) since the organisation started in 1990.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, which runs Wrexham Maelor Hospital, denied that they had caused the boy to suffer a brain injury but agreed to settle the Claim out of court on the basis that he receive 60% of the full value of his Claim.

On 14 February 2017, Mr Justice Foskett approved the settlement, in which the Claimant will receive a £1.7 million lump sum, plus index-linked, tax-free annual payments of £100,000 per year until he turns 19. The annual payments will then increase to £132,000 per year.

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