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RE: NHS bill for compensation reaches £100m in 24 hours - The Times (15 October)

15 Oct 2018
APIL news

Sir,

 

These children who each have a lifetime of significant disabilities ahead (RE: NHS bill for compensation reaches £100m in 24 hours) have not ‘won’ anything. Since the long-overdue change last year, compensation is simply being calculated at the right level to meet their needs for life. The Civil Liability Bill requires people with life-changing injuries to take greater risks when investing their compensation in order to make the money stretch. 

 

Compensation is never a windfall. The children should not be injured in the first place. The money is there to provide support and care for the rest of their lives. It is all the money they will ever have. Most will never be able to work to make more. Injured people are intrinsically cautious and are often fearful of the future. It is cruel to make them stake their compensation on risky investments.

 

Every reader should be concerned. No-one is immune to being injured by negligence. Also, undercompensated injured people turn to the State for support when their money runs out so the NHS pays not only for its own negligence, but the negligence of others too.

 

It is crucial that Parliament gets this right.

 

Brett Dixon

President

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) 

Past letters to the press

Regional letter campaign - cold calls for personal injury must be banned, 25 Sep 2018
RE: Letter to the editor - What a nuisance - Daily Mail (29 August), 29 Aug 2018
RE: Good sense at a premium as insurance profits soar -Yorkshire Post (25 August), 28 Aug 2018
Regional letter campaign - injury claims are not to blame for rising premiums, 14 May 2018
Regional letter - Health and safety should be celebrated, not watered down, 22 Mar 2018
Re: Many NHS victims should settle for an apology - The Times (5 February), 05 Feb 2018
Re: Bruising is the new whiplash - Daily Telegraph (24 January), 24 Jan 2018
RE: Whiplash and tax hikes blamed as car insurance rises by £100 in 3 years - Daily Mail (24 January), 24 Jan 2018

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