£5.3 million damages awarded in cerebral palsy claim

10 June 2016

A young girl has been awarded £5.3 million in damages as a result of a medical negligence claim arising out of treatment provided to her and her mother at the time of her birth.

£5.3 million damages awarded in cerebral palsy claim

An eight year old girl has been awarded £5.3m in damages as a result of a medical negligence claim taken against the Northern Health and Social Care Trust arising out of treatment provided to her and her mother at the time of her birth at Antrim Area Hospital in 2007.

The girl suffered brain damage due to a delay in her delivery.  She was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy and has a series of complex health requirements.

The case had been listed for hearing in May 2016 but liability was admitted prior to hearing and a settlement figure of £5.3m was agreed and approved by a High Court Judge on 23 May 2016. The settlement figure covers both damages for the injuries sustained as well as the costs of both past and future care for the rest of the girl’s life.

Cerebral palsy, a condition affecting muscle control and movement, can be caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth. Sometimes these brain injuries can arise by reason of a hypoxic event such as oxygen deprivation during delivery, and if this has been caused by inadequate management or indeed delay on the part of the hospital, then you may be able to pursue a compensation claim.

If you believe that a hospital or other care provider Northern Ireland may have been negligent in providing advice or medical treatment to you or your child, which has resulted in a cerebral palsy or other birth injury, and which could have been avoided, Worthingtons Solicitors have an experienced team of litigators who specialise in Medical negligence and in particular birth injuries, and who will gladly provide advice on all aspects of birth injury claims in Northern Ireland.

Contact Claire McDaid on 028 90434015 or Nikki McConnell on 028 91811538 for advice and guidance.

 

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