Essex

Christopher Lines to receive brain damage payout

A man who suffered brain damage after being wrongly prescribed an overdose of medication has agreed a multimillion-pound compensation package.

Christopher Lines, 33, from Colchester, is now dependent on others and has limited use of his arms and legs.

North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust admitted liability and settled the damages claim.

The High Court in London ruled he would receive a £2.1m lump sum and annual payments of £205,000.

'Appalling' treatment

During the hearing, the trust's counsel James Watson QC made an unreserved apology for its failings.

Mr Lines was prescribed the wrong medication regime at the Lakes Mental Health Unit, in Colchester, in June 2008.

The claim was brought on Mr Lines' behalf by his parents, Steve and Carole.

After the hearing, Steve Lines said: "Pursuing this claim has taken four years out of our lives and had a profound effect on our family.

"Christopher's settlement will, no doubt, seem like a lot of money to some people, but every single penny will be needed to ensure that Christopher is well looked after on a daily basis and that his future is securely provided for."

He added: "The treatment Chris received from the medical profession was appalling. He needed their help, but they have destroyed his life.

Trust's apology

"He can no longer kick a football with his son or enjoy watching him grow.

"There is sadness in our lives because of this, but also a lot of joy, as every day brings another milestone, when Chris laughs or remembers words we thought he had lost forever."

A spokesman for North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: "The award of compensation will enable Mr Lines to receive suitable care throughout his life.

"Christopher Lines suffers from profound brain injuries, sustained while he was a patient on Maple Ward in 2008.

"The trust has previously admitted liability and apologised to him and his family."

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