£3.6 million compensation settlement for Adam after hospital fail to diagnose infection following his birth

Our client

Adam* suffered a severe brain injury when a failure to respond to signs of infection just after his birth led to permanent brain damage caused by inflammation of the tissues surrounding his brain (the meninges). The result of this permanent brain damage was that Adam was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy and what causes it - cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to the brain, or brain development that is not along normal lines. The circumstances of cerebral palsy and what causes it can arise before, during or after birth, or during the early years of childhood. A child with cerebral palsy may have difficulties with some, or all of: movement, muscles, learning, hearing, vision and behaviour.

The result

Our specialist cerebral palsy claim solicitors obtained an admission of liability from the hospital for the severe brain injury and a £3.6 million compensation amount was agreed shortly before the trial.

The claim process

When our specialist cerebral palsy claim solicitors were first contacted we began looking at the circumstances of Adam’s delivery, what went wrong in the hours afterwards and how the brain infection that caused the cerebral palsy could have been prevented. This involved looking at medical reports for Adam and his mum and requesting views from a number of expert witnesses on cerebral palsy and what causes it.

Our specialist cerebral palsy claim solicitors contacted the hospital setting out what had happened to Adam and how we believed hospital negligence had occurred after his birth to cause the severe brain injury. Our claim included our experts’ views on cerebral palsy and what causes it and stated how, in Adam’s case, the obstetric and neonatal team failed to respond to signs of infection that caused Adam’s severe brain injury and the subsequent cerebral palsy.

Did the hospital admit fault?

Yes the hospital admitted responsibility for not identifying and treating the brain infection that resulted in the severe brain injury to the meninges that caused Adam’s cerebral palsy.

The future for Adam

Thanks to the interim short-term payments secured by our specialist cerebral palsy claim solicitors for the damage caused by Adam’s severe brain injury, as soon as the hospital admitted liability Adam’s family was able to buy a house that could be adapted to meet Adam’s immediate needs and to start recruiting carers to help them. Thanks to the £3.6 million compensation payment negotiated by our specialist cerebral palsy claim solicitors, Adam and his family have the security of knowing that his needs can be met now and in the future.

*All names have been changed for client privacy. 

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