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JMW secures record £8.8 million settlement for child brain damaged by medical blunders
The medical negligence team at Manchester law firm JMW Solicitors has reached a new record after securing £8.8 million for a child who suffered severe brain damage due to mistakes made during his birth.
The figure achieved for the boy will allow his family to provide the 24-hour life-long care that he requires. The settlement beats the team’s previous record of £6.56 million by some way.
The child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was injured by serious errors made by maternity staff during his birth that led to his brain being starved of oxygen.
He was left with cerebral palsy that has completely devastated his life. He cannot speak, has severe behavioural problems, learning difficulties and epilepsy. He will never be able to live independently, hold down a job or manage his own affairs.
After his case was taken on by one of the specialist solicitors at JMW, the hospital trust admitted negligence. We then negotiated the multi-million pound compensation settlement to cover the intense specialist care he requires day and night.
Eddie Jones, head of medical negligence at JMW, commented: “In terms of the impact on both the child and his family this was an extremely serious case as his cerebral palsy has such wide-ranging consequences. The mistakes that were made were completely avoidable if care had been exercised by the midwives and doctors responsible for the child’s delivery.
“The child has extremely complex needs and severe problems so this settlement will make a huge difference to the his life. However it is vital that lessons are learned from his case."
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