One young girl was recently awarded £4 million in medical negligence damages after it was found that injuries she sustained at her birth were due to mistakes made by medical staff, it has recently been reported.
Little ‘Baby B,’ as she has been known in court – as her true identity has been kept confidential in order to preserve her anonymity – suffered devastating brain damage during her delivery in April of 2007 in Ashford, Kent at the William Harvey Hospital. Due to the errors medical professionals made at the hospital – which is the responsibility of the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust – Baby B was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that leaves her paralysed and unable to care for herself in nearly any way whatsoever. The young girl’s parents took the NHS Trust to task, making a personal injury compensation claim on their daughter’s behalf, and now London’s High Court has handed down their decision: the hospital’s failure to perform a caesarean section in a timely manner was responsible for the injuries that led to her cerebral palsy.
As a result, the NHS Trust now must pay the family compensatory damages of £1.6 million in a lump sum payment, and then pay an additional payment of between £185,000 and £270,000 for the rest of the child’s life. The payments will go towards providing the now five year old Baby B with the lifetime care she so desperately needs.
The NHS Trust was not immediately available for comment in the wake of the court decision.
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.