Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

Rapid resolution and redress scheme

28 Nov 2017
APIL news

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

Government announces extension to fixed recoverable costs, 08 Sep 2021
Department of Justice to set the personal injury discount rate in Northern Ireland at -1.75 per cent, 26 Mar 2021
Whiplash reforms delayed from April 2021 to May 2021, 11 Jan 2021
APIL statement following ministerial announcement to delay whiplash reforms until April 2021, 21 Apr 2020
Reactionary statement following inflationary increase to bereavement damages, 20 Mar 2020
Implementation of the whiplash reform programme, 27 Feb 2020
Response to Scottish personal injury discount rate announcement, 30 Sep 2019
Government responds to MedCo consultation - APIL statement, 05 Sep 2019

More past statements

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