Disability News


Jonathon Khairule
Mr Khairule must have round-the-clock care

A Coventry man has won a High Court victory, allowing legal action against the hospital he thinks is to blame for his severe disabilities.

Jonathon Khairule, 27, who has cerebral palsy, mounted a legal challenge against Tameside General Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.

He argued that the North West Strategic Health Authority was responsible for injuries he suffered at birth there.

The authority had argued that he was too late to bring a claim.

The law states that personal injury claims must be brought within three years.

Round-the-clock care

In the case of birth injuries or other claims relating to children, the three year period begins from the age of 18.

But the rule depends on the court's discretion, according to Mr Khairule's lawyers.

Mr Khairule, from Tile Hill, can only communicate by typing on a keyboard with his nose.

He is wheelchair-bound and needs round-the-clock care.

He said: "I knew I had cerebral palsy from birth, but I had always been led to believe that it was just one of those unfortunate things which could not have been avoided.

"It wasn't until I was in my early 20s that I started to do some investigating."

The High Court officially found in Mr Khairule's favour in July, meaning he is now free to take action against the Strategic Health Authority


from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7574980.stm