£3 million settlement awarded after hospital's failure to diagnose infection leads to cerebral palsy

Our client

Lucas* was injured when delays in treating an infection that appeared shortly after he was born resulted in a severe brain injury, causing permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

The result

Following a detailed review of Lucas' special needs, in the past, at the time and in the future, our specialist cerebral palsy claim solicitors obtained a £3 million settlement for birth injury negligence for Lucas and his family.

The claims process

When our specialist cerebral palsy claim solicitors were first contacted, we began an investigation to find out exactly what had happened to Lucas after he was born to cause his severe brain injury. This involved looking at the medical records of both Lucas and his mum and getting the professional views and opinions of a range of medical experts. We wanted to establish why the infection that caused an inflammation of tissues around the brain went undiagnosed and how the brain damage that caused the cerebral palsy could have been prevented.

Our specialist cerebral palsy claim solicitors contacted the hospital setting out what had happened to Lucas and how we believed the birth injury negligence had caused his severe brain injury. This included how there had been a failure to diagnose and treat the signs of infection before it was too late.

The hospital admitted that birth injury negligence had occurred, and that if proper medical care had been provided to Lucas, then his severe brain injury would have been avoided and his cerebral palsy claim would not have been necessary.

Although court proceedings were started, after negotiations and just before the trial began, the £3 million settlement for birth injury negligence was agreed.

Did the hospital admit fault?

Yes. The hospital admitted that the failure to diagnose and treat the signs of infection in Lucas, and to provide proper medical care, had caused his severe brain injury and cerebral palsy.

The future for Lucas

The compensation received by Lucas for his cerebral palsy claim has meant that his family has been able to buy a house that can be adapted for the special needs arising from his cerebral palsy. His birth injury negligence compensation has also paid for a professional care package to ensure he is well looked after.

*All names have been changed for client privacy. 

Sympathetic at all times to the highly emotional nature of our case, we could not have chosen better. They pursued our complex case with energy and determination from the outset.

BOYES TURNER CLIENT

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