Carlisle girl wins £5.6m medical negligence claim

One eleven year old Carlisle girl has recently won a £5.6 million medical negligence claim after mistakes made by hospital staff during her birth led to debilitating brain damage, accident claim experts recently reported.

The young girl, whose name has been withheld from the press due to legal reasons, had been delivered at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary, but according to her personal injury claims, hospital staff had neglected in discovering that her mother was suffering from a condition known as placental abruption, which is a when a pregnant mother’s placenta becomes unmoored from the uterine lining prior to the baby’s delivery.  The young girl’s birth was delayed as a result of this missed diagnosis, and as a result she suffered oxygen deprivation, which led to her severe brain damage, experts say.

As a result of her injuries, the young girl’s family launched a medical negligence claim on her behalf against the NHS trust for North Cumbria University Hospitals.  At a High Court hearing, the NHS Trust admitted responsibility for the child’s birth injuries and agreed to pay compensation to the family which may exceed £5 million in damages.

The young girl will first receive a lump sum of £2.3 million, while every year for rest of her life, she will also receive index linked payments of approximately £200,00.   The mother of the girl remarked that, while the past eleven years had indeed had their share of difficulties, thanks to the settlement, her daughter could now be given the level of care she so desperately needs in order to provide her with a higher quality of life.

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