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Lifelong specialist care finally secured for severely disabled man
A Preston family are extremely relieved that their long battle to secure compensation for their severely disabled son has finally come to an end after the High Court in London today approved the terms of a compensation settlement worth £3.9 million.
The case came before the High Court in February when the overall value of the award was approved but the Court adjourned to today the issue of the form the award should take. It was today confirmed that Amos Mason would receive a £2.1million lump sum as well as annual periodical payments of £100k to be paid for the rest of his life. The lump sum means that the family can proceed with the purchase by Amos of a property ideally located for him and his family which will require minimal adaptation to suit his specialist medical needs. This will be life changing for Amos and his whole family who have struggled for many years in accommodation which is entirely unsuitable. The annual payments will also provide additional security for Amos’s future as they will allow them to obtain help with caring for him and buying specialist equipment for the rest of his life.
Amos Mason is now 25, from Preston, was born with serious thyroid condition septo-optic dysplasia which went undiagnosed and untreated for several years. Despite numerous visits to the former Sharoe Green Hospital, tests which could have provided a diagnosis were not carried out. When the man was 11 he collapsed and suffered devastating brain damage. His family contacted the specialist medical negligence team at JMW Solicitors for advice and an investigation was launched into the care he was provided with in the run up to his collapse.
Sally Leonards, a partner in the JMW medical negligence team who is representing Amos Mason commented:
“Amos has very severe disabilities and significant needs, he is reliant on a wheelchair, he is unable to speak and has severe learning disabilities and obstructive behaviour. Due to his thyroid condition he is significantly overweight and he is also very strong and demanding. He requires very specialist care and accommodation and this compensation settlement will help his family to be able to provide this for him. The family are now in the process of purchasing a new property which will then be especially adapted to suit Amos’s needs and in turn improving the quality life for Amos and his family. “
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