A ten year old boy has been awarded at least £23 million as compensation for injuries suffered due to negligence during birth. The amount is among the highest ever compensation awards for personal injury due to medical negligence.
Independent investigations revealed that the boy, who was born in 2008, developed mental complications related to cerebral palsy due negligence by hospital staff attending to his mother during labour. The medical staff failed to notice signs of distress during labour. Both the midwife and consultant obstetrician failed to pay attention to the CTG trace, which was recording the boy’s heartbeat at the time. Delay in delivery due to the deterioration of the trace deprived the boy of oxygen for fifteen minutes before his birth.
Due to the injuries he suffered due to the negligence, the boy was left to live with lifetime problems on nearly all fronts of life. He is now a child who needs special care because of the behavioural problems he suffered. He also requires special educational needs, as well as supportive equipment for movement, since his movement is also impaired.
Some of the challenges he suffers include incontinence at night, incoherence in communication and social insensitivity. Engaging and affectionate as he is, he is exposed to a multitude of risks in life, hence the need for lifetime support. This is why the need for medical negligence solicitors was a certainty.
The compensation package agreed upon includes a £5.3 million lump sum, an amount that will be used to ensure he gets safe and accessible accommodation, which will be adapted to his needs. The rest of the compensation is to cover the rest of his life, given that he will never be able to work, and will require therapy in his entire lifetime.
The boy, whose identity is secured by law, will also be entitled to £200,000 annually to take care of his caregivers for the whole of his life. The 3 December 2018 award by a Manchester court puts an end to the ten-year legal tussle between the father of the boy and the medical practitioners. The boy’s father engaged the legal services of Express Solicitors, who did their job well to secure the boys future.
The boy’s father revealed that the amount is already planned for to ensure the boy lives a normal life despite his disadvantages. He does not think it is a windfall, as some may imagine it to be. Ben Gent of Express Solicitors said that such an award will ensure justice for the boy and secure his future.