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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Successful claim for mismanaged birth shows it’s never too late

    By David Brown on September 1, 2012

    A woman who has suffered a lifetime of learning difficulties as a result of being starved of oxygen at birth has won compensation at London’s Royal Courts of Justice, reports UK compensation company, Accident Advice Helpline.

    A woman from Kent, who is now 45, was born in St Leonards on Sea in the Buchanan Street Hospital by caesarean after her mother ran into difficulties with the birth. The procedure was delayed, however, because at the time there was no anaesthetist or surgeon available to perform the operation. The delay meant that the baby was starved of oxygen in the womb and was born with brain damage that has caused learning difficulties throughout her life.

    Her parents have raised her by themselves up until now, and were unaware that they might be able to claim compensation for her injuries. A magazine article spotted by a friend of the family highlighted the possibilities to them and they began to investigate further.

    The family soon discovered that, as the woman was not mentally able to pursue an accident and injury claim herself, they would be able to do it on her behalf. Although the majority of accident claims UK residents can make have to be done within 3 years of the event, because the parents were claiming on their incapacitated daughter’s behalf, they were still within the time limit to make a claim, despite the mismanaged birth occurring in 1967.

    The parents have since secured in the region of £4.2 million in compensation, a figure which will go a long way towards providing the woman with the help and support she needs for the rest of her life.

    UK accident claim company, Accident Advice Helpline, commented,

    “The situation here is living proof that it is always worth seeking professional advice, even if you think the opportunity has passed you by. Most people know that the accident claims UK residents are entitled to make should be done within 3 years in the majority of cases, but there are several exceptions to the rule.

    “As well as the situation that this family have found themselves in, there are often exceptions made to the time limit in cases where the victim was a minor at the time of the accident, when diseases such as asbestos related illnesses take time to appear, and other individual cases.

    “Our advice to anyone who has had an accident that was not their fault would be to get in touch with a professional as soon as possible. Many of the accident claims UK residents successfully make are worth substantial amounts of money; money which can go a long way towards getting that victim the support they need to get themselves back to good health again.”

    Source: Kent Online

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