Charitable legacy challenges – preventing successful claims when wills include charitable bequests
As well as obstetric failings in care on the day of delivery, there was also a failure by the maternity unit to give adequate telephone advice when called on several occasions on the day before birth. Claims involving prolonged partial hypoxia, rather than acute hypoxia, can present greater challenges with establishing causation.
In this case, there were also evidential issues arising out of the relative lack of documentary evidence of telephone calls to the ante-natal unit the day before birth, which were crucial to the success of the claim. This was a material contribution case in which the Claimant recovered damages in full following settlement at a capitalised value of £26.9m.
The award will ensure that the Claimant will be able to fulfil their potential in life and to access the care, equipment, therapies and accommodation needed.
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