WHEN "WINNING" ISN'T "WINNING"!
Posted on: September 1st, 2021
In 2018, it was reported widely in the media that 12-year-old Holly Greenhow had ‘won’ more than £15 million in compensation from the NHS.
She is disabled and has profound communication problems after her brain was starved of oxygen because of errors during her birth. The money will be paid in annual instalments over the rest of Holly’s life to ensure her care needs are met.
Holly did not ‘win’ anything. Whether the amount is £5,000 or £15 million, compensation is not a prize. It is right that injured people are looked after when they are left injured and disabled by negligence which could and should have been avoided
Charles Atha of Atha & Co Solicitors said “We are all extremely fond of the NHS and the wonderful work they do”… but on the rare occasions they get it wrong the victims need to be compensated for what can often be life-changing implications. Holly didn’t actually win anything. She was left with a serious disability for the rest of her life. She and her family were entitled to compensation to help re-build their shattered lives that resulted from negligence which could and should have been avoided.”