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Outdated lump sum system no comfort to parents of children brain-damaged at birth

Susie Elliot

Published 13/11/2015 | 02:30

When a child is brain-damaged at birth and a medical malpractice case is taken, computing the correct sum payable in damages is an impossible calculation
When a child is brain-damaged at birth and a medical malpractice case is taken, computing the correct sum payable in damages is an impossible calculation

Some years ago in the Four Courts, a loving and devoted mother of a child with cerebral palsy from birth told me that if God had any mercy at all, he would take her daughter first.

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"That way, I will always have cared for her for her whole life, like nobody else ever can," she said, marking one of the most moving moments of my career.

These were the honest words of motherly love at its most beautiful and most painful, and they reflect the sentiments of many parents I have met when representing victims of medical malpractice. As parents, all we want is a happy, safe and fulfilled life for our children.

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