Another birth injury settlement has come to light, and blows away the previous record for birth injury settlements. The parents of a boy who was paralysed from the neck down after a delivery by forceps went wrong, was just awarded one of the largest out-of-court settlements in Scotland.
Why Was The Birth Injury Settlement So Large?
The 10-year old who suffered a severe birth injury, was seeking £23m, or about $37.2 million (per the BBC). He suffered “catastrophic neurological trauma” at birth when his spinal cord was injured during the delivery. The child cannot breathe unaided and needs care costing hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.
Are Lump Sum Settlements For Birth Injuries Common?
The exact amount of the settlement has not been revealed. However, this is incredibly common with most out-of-court settlements. The payments are going to be made in periodic payments, which is a bit unusual. Most cases, especially in Scotland, are paid on a lump sum basis. The reason lump sum settlements are frowned upon in Scotland is because the “…lump sum awards are almost inevitably going to be too little or too much: either the patient outlives the award and is left without care; or the patient pre-deceases and the family receives a windfall, probably at taxpayers’ expense in medical cases.” However, lump sum payments in the U.S. are much more common. The reason for this is because the court does not want to be involved in supervising payouts over a period of many years.
If your child has been injured as a result of doctor malpractice, or if your child suffers from cerebral palsy, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately in order to protect your rights.
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