Appeal court allows delay in personal injury case

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 14 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:80

The Appeal Court in Britain has reinstated a claim for medical negligence made 28 years after the accident happened, ruling that the judge who struck it out had been “plainly wrong.” The recent decision will allow Alistair Headford, aged 31, to go ahead with a claim over an alleged hospital blunder that happened when he was 10 months old. The delay in issuing the writ is thought to be the longest in a personal injury case in Britain.

The judgment follows a £1m settlement this month for a 28 year …

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