£22.1 Million Settlement for Brain Injured Girl

03/10/2017

A 11 year old girl, who suffered a severe brain injury at birth causing cerebal palsy following errors made by hospital staff during her Mother’s pregnancy, has secured £22.1 million settlement following a High Court Approval Hearing today, 2 October.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will need round the clock care for the rest of her life after developing a hypoxic brain injury leading to cerebal palsy.

The young girl was born in October 2006 but due to errors made by staff at the Peterborough & Stamford Hospital NHS Trust during her Mother’s pregnancy and her delivery left her brain starved of oxygen leading to serve brain damage. She now suffers with cerebral palsy, has severe learning difficulties and is wheelchair dependent. Her life expectancy has also been diminished and she is only likely to live into her 70’s. She will always require 24 hour care from others and will have a range of special care requirements to ensure she is well care for.

After a successful medical negligence claim she has now been awarded £22.1 million in compensation to enable specialist care to be provided, now and in the future.

Olivia Scates, a Partner at JMW Solicitors LLP, acted on the girls behalf. Olivia said that the extent of the brain damage which the girl had sustained means that she will be reliant on others to care for her for the rest of her life.

Olivia Scates from JMW commented:
“This is a truly tragic and distressing case. The life of this otherwise healthy girl and that of her family have been devastated by the mistakes made before and during the birth.  Our client’s parents have had to go through such an ordeal due to an avoidable tragedy and sadly they were let down in the worst possible way by the hospital.

“This was a very difficult case but the family fought hard to secure a compensation settlement that would cater for their daughter’s complex needs. Nothing can be done to turn back the clock but this settlement will ensure this girl will have the support she needs for the rest of her life. I am delighted that the family will now have access to excellent care to help improve her quality of life due to her severe disabilities.”

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For more information:

Samantha Meakin

0161 828 1981

samantha.meakin@jmw.co.uk

 

Note to Editors

JMW Solicitors LLP is one of the leading Manchester law firms and offers a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients.  We are committed to providing legal services in a cost effective and timely manner.

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