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Rapid resolution and redress scheme

28 Nov 2017
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APIL president Brett Dixon said:

 

“Bereaved parents and the parents of injured children are often desperate for answers above all else, so independent investigations which involve families from the outset are most welcome. Early investigations into birth injuries should also help to encourage early admissions of liability and rehabilitation, both of which are essential for families to move forward after needless injury.

 

We support promises of early investigations, apologies, and shared learning in the proposed rapid resolution and redress scheme for severe birth injury, but the approach to damages is crude when compared to the proper assessment of a child’s needs which comes with litigation. The original proposed scheme would only pay 90 per cent of an average court settlement. When damages for long-term need must be calculated carefully to meet their purpose, 90 per cent of the average settlement would be far away from the correct level of compensation for most families. We are prepared to engage further with the Department of Health to help ensure any scheme is fit for purpose”.

Past statements and comments

NHS Resolution annual report 2017/18: Reaction from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), 13 Jul 2018
Civil Liability Bill debate on whiplash reform in the House of Lords - reaction from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), 13 Jun 2018
Reaction from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) to the Justice Select Committee report on increasing the small claims limit for personal injury (17 May 2018), 17 May 2018
Fixed costs for personal injury claims against the NHS: APIL response, 15 Feb 2018
MoJ decides on April 2019 to implement whiplash reforms, 12 Feb 2018
APIL's response to the Justice Select Committee report , 30 Nov 2017
APIL's reaction to a court of appeal ruling in relation to eligibility for bereavement damages, 28 Nov 2017
Reaction to Government's response to consultation on setting the discount rate, 07 Sep 2017

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