Compensation for Eighteen year old who suffered brain damage at birth

26 September 2012

An award of compensation has been to an eighteen year old woman who suffered brain damage at birth in St Luke's hospital in Bradford in 1994.

An eighteen year old woman who suffered brain damage at birth is to receive a lump sum of £2.2m, and will continue to receive periodical payments totalling £3.3m.

Four years ago, the woman’s mother approached a firm of Solicitors to pursue a claim of Medical negligence against the hospital where her daughter was born.  Solicitors argued that there were significant delays in the mother's medical review and adequate care was not provided leading up to her daughter's birth.  As a result, her daughter was left with cerebral palsy, problems with speaking and hearing, severe learning difficulties and epilepsy.

Liability was admitted by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and an apology issued by the Trust.

The woman’s mother stated "The last 18 years have taken their toll and been extremely stressful not only on myself, but the whole family. . . I hope we can now get the care and equipment that she needs to provide her with a better 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 an 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 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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