Child awarded £10.1m for brain injuries sustained at birth

NHS logoThe High Court has awarded £10.1m in damages to a girl left with severe cerebral palsy after being starved of oxygen during her delivery at King’s College Hospital in 2007. Now seven, the girl is entirely dependent on others in all aspects of her day-to-day life.

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust accepted liability for her serious brain injuries but disputed the £1.4m damages set aside for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

The presiding judge, Mrs Justice Laing, described the girl as ‘a beautiful, engaging child’ who possesses ‘an energetic, inquisitive mind trapped in a body that will not do what [she] would wish it could do’.

The award, which is one of the highest ever for a personal injury claim after a contested trial, will cover the girl’s past and future care and compensate her for future loss of earnings.

Clinical negligence claims

Clinical negligence (also termed medical negligence) is a highly specialised area of law. If you have suffered from medical negligence, it is important to instruct a solicitor with a proven track-record if you pursue a claim.

Partner Iona Smith, who has earned an excellent and formidable reputation in and beyond Sussex, takes personal care of all Gaby Hardwicke clients who have suffered from clinical negligence. In addition to achieving Senior Litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, her experience has led to memberships of Headway, the organisation that assists those suffering from serious head injuries, and the Spinal Injuries Association.

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Posted: 27 January 2015

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