A Preston family have won their 14-year battle to secure life changing compensation for their severely disabled son.
On Wednesday a High Court judge approved the terms of a settlement worth £3.9million, which will now be paid to Amos Mason as a £2.1million lump followed by annual periodical payments of £100,000 for the rest of his life.
Mum Ruth said: “We’re extremely relieved and very thankful. It’s been a really long, hard battle, but it’s been worth it.”
Amos, now 25, of Ingol, Preston, was born with a serious thyroid condition which went undiagnosed and untreated for much of his childhood. This was despite repeated visits to local medics – including at the former Sharoe Green Hospital in Preston, his lawyers at JMW medical negligence team claimed.
Catastrophe followed when he collapsed and suffered devastating brain injuries at the age of 11.
Faced with the hefty costs of round-the-clock care for Amos, his parents, Ruth and Glen, lodged a compensation claim against the Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
A top judge praised the courage and resilience of the couple as she approved the payout, which means the family can proceed with the purchase of a property ideally located for Amos, which will require minimal adaptation to suit his specialist medical needs. The annual payments will also provide additional security for Amos’s future as they will allow them to obtain help with caring for him and buying specialist equipment for the rest of his life.
Ruth added: “We have a great team of people around us and they’ve kept us going through all of this. Hopefully now we can have a more normal life.
“At first it seemed like a dream, like it was never going to happen, but then when we knew it was coming it seemed to take forever.
“It’s taken a lot of hardwork, but it’s all been for Amos, and he’s a happy boy.”