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£7 million compensation secured for Jennifer following hospital negligence
Jennifer* suffered a brain injury at birth following negligent delays in her delivery. As a result Jennifer suffers from severe dyskinetic cerebral palsy which affects all of her limbs. Jennifer is totally dependent on others for all activities of daily living.
The claims process
When Jennifer’s family first contacted our cerebral palsy claim solicitors we started to look at the circumstances of her birth and how the lack of oxygen in the lead up to her delivery gave rise to her cerebral palsy.
This involved considering both Jennifer and her mum’s medical records and getting views from a range of medical experts. We wanted to establish that the lack of oxygen in the lead up to Jennifer’s delivery caused the cerebral palsy from which she now suffers.
Our birth injury negligence team contacted the hospital, setting out what happened to Jennifer and how we believed the birth injury negligence had caused her brain injury. The hospital admitted that the birth injury negligence had occurred, and, if proper medical care had been provided to Jennifer, that her brain injury would have been avoided and her cerebral palsy claim would not have been necessary.
Following the hospital’s admission, a formal judgment order was made against the hospital. Our specialist birth injury lawyers then quantified Jennifer’s claim, which involved instructing experts to advise on issues including accommodation, therapy and care. Following negotiations with the hospital solicitors, a £7 million settlement for birth injury negligence was agreed.
Did the hospital admit fault?
Yes, the hospital admitted that the delay in delivering Jennifer resulted in her dyskinetic cerebral palsy.
The future for Jennifer
The compensation received by Jennifer for her cerebral palsy claim has meant that her family have been able to buy a house that can be adapted to accommodate the special needs Jennifer has arising from her cerebral palsy. The birth injury negligence compensation has also enabled the family to pay for some care, which has helped provide Jennifer’s parents with some respite. When Jennifer is older the compensation will be used to pay for a commercial care package.
* All client names changed to protect privacy.
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