Case Study: Delayed Delivery Leads to Cerebral Palsy - £6.22 Million 

Harry, 10

Harry* was left with cerebral palsy in all four limbs, learning difficulties and behavioural problems due to the negligence of midwives. Eddie Jones, one of the specialist solicitors at JMW, obtained Harry £6.22 million in compensation. 

Harry's mother had suffered several miscarriages and Harry was the first baby that she had carried to full term. She went over her due date and was booked in for an induction of labour. 

Following the start of the induction the labour progressed fairly slowly and at 4.15am the next morning an obstetrician decided that Harry’s mother should have her membranes artificially ruptured.

Use of a Syntocinon drip

The labour progressed slowly over the next few hours and by 2.33pm that day a decision was made to put Harry’s mother on a Syntocinon drip – a drug used to speed up labour. Between 6pm and 6.30pm Harry’s heart rate started to slow, which is a sign that a baby’s oxygen supply is being compromised and that the child is in distress.

Negligence of the hospital staff

In Harry’s case there was evidence that his cord was being compressed and that this was the reason for his oxygen deprivation. The periodical slowing of Harry’s heart rate continued for a few hours, representing further evidence that the blood supply in his cord was being obstructed.

The midwives did not call for an obstetrician and no steps were taken to deliver Harry more quickly even though there were clear signs that he was in distress. At 9.21pm Harry was eventually delivered with the cord wrapped tightly around his neck. He was in a very poor condition, had a weak heart rate and had to be resuscitated. He was later diagnosed with brain damage and cerebral palsy. 

Starting the claim

Harry’s mother was very concerned about the care she and her son had received so contacted the specialist solicitors at JMW for advice. Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW, took on Harry’s case and found appalling failures in care by the midwives. 

Settlement

The trust responsible for the hospital made a full admission of negligence and agreed to pay Harry £6.22 million pound care package to cover the cost of providing him with the best possible quality of life despite his disabilities.

*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality 

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