As solicitors who represent seriously injured children and adults in clinical negligence claims, we are aware that, while Claimants need access to compensation, they may be worried by the prospect of a trial.
Meningitis is a life-threating infection. It strikes very quickly and unless it is treated promptly there can be devastating consequences including death, severe brain damage, loss of hearing and vision, and when septicaemia (blood poisoning) also occurs, which is often the case, this can lead to amputation of limbs.
The recent High Court case of Meadows v Khan has considered under what circumstances a claim can be brought for the failure to identify that someone is potentially a carrier of a hereditary condition and that person goes on to have a child who suffers from the hereditary condition and other disabilities.
For those hoping for confirmation of what approach the judiciary is going to take now that JR is settled, sadly, this blog cannot provide that. However, this blog does take stock of the current situation, looks at how we got here and tries to offer some insight into where we might be going.