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Seven figure sum awarded to brain injured boy to fund lifetime of care
12 June 2013
The mother of a boy who has cerebral palsy due to the negligence of midwives has spoken of her relief after a court approved a multi-million pound compensation settlement to cover the cost of his care.
Ten-year-old Jamie Quinnell, of Potton, Bedfordshire was starved of oxygen during his birth at Lister Hospital, Stevenage after midwives failed to monitor him properly, pick up on signs that he was in distress and call for an obstetrician to help deliver him more quickly. Because of these errors Jamie’s oxygen supply was cut off for around 13 minutes, causing an injury to his brain.
His family launched a battle for justice with the help of the specialist medical negligence team at law firm JMW, and East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust later admitted negligence.
Now Jamie will have access to the specialist care he requires for the rest of his life after the High Court in London gave its seal of approval to a multi-million pound compensation settlement to be paid to him.
Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW and a specialist in cases involving children with severe brain injuries, said Jamie’s parents Jane and David Quinnell had fought tirelessly on his behalf and the success of the case was testament to their devotion to him.
He said: “The midwives made catastrophic errors and Jamie and his family will have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives. No amount of money can turn back the clock but it can give Jamie what he needs to enjoy a good quality of life and that’s what this case has been about since day one.
“Jamie has complex care requirements and I am delighted that his family no longer has to worry about how they will provide for these many years down the line.”
Jamie’s mother Jane Quinnell has devoted her life to the success of the case and ensuring that Jamie has financial security for his lifetime. Since learning of Jamie’s brain injury when he was just days old, both his parents have not only fought for justice, but have also left no stone unturned in researching every resource available to help Jamie’s physical development, education and his independence.
Jane said: “Every little milestone that he reaches is a proud moment. We never take anything for granted, even him acquiring a Cubs task badge is a huge celebration in our family. Jamie will always have his challenges but we want him to have as normal a childhood as possible and be able to try his hand at everything he wants to, even if that means some adaptations need to be made.With this compensation settlement he will have access to some excellent resources so who knows what he might be able to achieve and his family will support him every step of the way.
“Jamie’s determination has seen him through so many challenges. It took him two years to learn to swim but he would not give up. He has recently been made a seconder at Cubs and despite his learning difficulties, took his SAT’s last month alongside his peers. We are so very proud of him and the settlement of the case is a major part of his life story and something that can be reflected upon in years to come.
“It’s a huge relief after 10 years to have reached this point. My whole life has been a fight for Jamie but now there’s no need to fight anymore and the focus can be on giving him the best life possible.”
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Note to Editors
JMW Solicitors LLP is a leading Manchester law firm and offers a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients. JMW’s Clinical Negligence team is headed up by leading clinical negligence lawyer, Eddie Jones. For more than a decade he and his team have advised and represented thousands of victims of clinical negligence, and their relatives.