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Medical negligence awards set to rise

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:302
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent

    The biggest compensation awards for medical negligence are set to rise by an average of about 30% after a judgment last week by Britain's highest court,the House of Lords.

    The ruling, which affects all cases of catastrophic injuries, means much larger payments to compensate for loss of earnings and the cost of future care. In the field of medical negligence, the cases most affected will be those of brain damaged babies, in which the victim will need to be looked after for a lifetime.

    The law lords were asked to decide …

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