Hospital to fund lifetime care for brain damaged man

17 October 2012

Stepping Hill hospital agree to pay approximately ?10 million to a man who suffered brain damage following treatment in 1984 when he was admitted as an infant suffering from croup.

Zach Petrou’s parents claim that during treatment for croup at Stepping Hill hospital in 1994, their son was deprived of oxygen. When he came off the emergency ventilator he was found to be profoundly brain damaged. Their son, who is now 19, still has the mental capacity of a baby.

Stepping Hill hospital has not accepted liability but has agreed to settle the family's medical negligence claim at Manchester High Court.  Zach needs at least two carers round the clock and has a normal life expectancy.  An assessment of the costs of his care for the rest of his life will be made by a team of experts before a figure is agreed with the hospital. It is estimated that the settlement sum may reach eight figures.

NHS North West said: "We are pleased that the parties involved in this case have been able to work together to agree a liability settlement which has been approved by the court."

Brain injuries can arise by reason of an hypoxic event such as oxygen deprivation during medical treatment, and if this has been caused by inadequate management, then you may be able to pursue a compensation claim.

If you believe that a hospital or other care provider such as a GP or midwife in 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 cerebral palsy claims in Northern Ireland.

Contact Nikki McConnell at our Newtownards office on (91811538), or Claire McDaid at our Belfast office on (90434015) for advice and guidance on this process.

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