Birth injury nets £10.8 million in medical negligence compensation

The serious birth injury suffered by one young girl has led to a £10.8 million medical negligence compensation payout at London’s High Court, legal experts recently reported.

Born in March of 2001 at Lincoln County Hospital, young Milly Evans suffered a seizure and required emergency resuscitation shortyl after her delivery.  The newborn girl sustained life-changing injuries during the birth, leading to Milly being diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result, necessitating 24 hour a day care, as she is both unable to speak and is confined to a wheelchair, unable to communicate without the use of equipment that tracks the movements of her eyes.

Milly’s family brought a negligence claim against the NHS trust for United Lincolnshire Hospital, claiming that the injuries the young girl sustained were due to mistakes made by medical staff at the hospital.  The young girl’s legal team stated that her delivery would have been carried out earlier and without injury if the young girl’s heart had been properly monitored, as this would have led to the telltale signs of Milly’s  foetal distress being spotted in  time.

The NHS Trust issued a full apology to Milly’s family before admitting that in the wake of the young girl’s birth, procedures at the hospital in question had been changed to avoid other similar injuries.  The settlement amount believed to have been agreed at London’s High Court is said to consist of a £5.86 million lump sum payment and will be supplemented with index-linked annual payments for the rest of Milly’s life for as much as £204,000 a year, and the funds will be put towards paying for the young girl’s care needs, such as adapting accommodation specially for her.

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