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Compensation Awards Get Larger All The Time

October 14, 2009

I’ve just read about Harry Snowdon, 10, who has been awarded compensation of- wait for it- £7.1 million after medical negligence at birth which left him with severe brain damage.

He was paid a lump sum of- wait for it- £2.3 million, and the rest will be paid to him in annual payments for the rest of his life.

I have a few points to make about this case. Firstly, compensation payments seem to get larger every time a case is brought to public attention. I’ve known this for quite a while, but even I can’t believe the size of this payment!

Secondly, and more seriously, why, oh why, can’t the media simply call Harry’s condition what anyone with any interest in the subject knows it is- Cerebral Palsy?

And finally, I must agree with Harry’s mum, Debra Snowdon, who says: “We sincerely hope that the health service will start to take note of their mistakes and instead of paying out millions in negligence claims ensure that sufficient numbers of suitably trained staff are available to stop these types of accidents occurring in the future.”

As always in similar cases, Harry and his family have my best wishes.

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