£8.5 Million lifetime care settlement for boy suffering cerebral palsy after NHS mistake

A boy born in good health in December 2007, but not receiving the urgent treatment for the jaundice he developed, suffered brain damage leaving him with cerebral palsy and in need of 24 hour care, therapy and rehabilitation for his whole life. Without the delay in treatment and incompetent use of equipment he would have made a full recovery as demonstrated by the expert medical evidence.

Set for trial on 12th January, the NHS Trust responsible for these failures settled out of court at the last moment and agreed to a £8.5 million package which consists of a lump sum and regular annual payments which will cover all his care, a suitably adapted home, equipment, speech and physiotherapy. Education needs will be assessed at a later date.

Although liability had been admitted, there was a dispute over the level of damages.

Robert Glancy QC and Richard Cartwright represented the Claimant.

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