£12 Million settlement for 12-year old boy who suffered brain damage at birth
A lifetime care, rehabilitation and support package of £12 million agreed with County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, was approved following a hearing at the High Court today.
In January 2004, Stephen Wootten developed hypoglycaemia shortly after his birth. Midwives failed to recognise he was feeding inadequately, nor offered appropriate advice and treatment to prevent hypoglycaemic brain damage despite concerns raised by his parents repeatedly. As a result of the brain injury he has epilepsy, memory issues and learning difficulties and demonstrates challenging behaviour. He walks but tires easily and everyday tasks are a struggle. He will need 24-hour care.
The settlement will give him access to specialist treatment and equipment for the rest of his life, the support of 2 carers from adulthood and will allow him to purchase his own long-term accommodation and adapt it to his needs.
As part of the settlement an educational indemnity was agreed which means that education costs can be claimed from the NHS. Although this kind of indemnity has not yet been awarded often, we believe this will become more prevalent in the future.
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