£5m compensation in NI medical negligence case

By Gillian Crotty

A medical negligence case against the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has been settled with the agreement of a £5million compensation package.

An unidentified girl, now aged 10, suffered brain damage at birth as a result of being starved of oxygen. She was delivered at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast in 2002, and now suffers from severe cerebral palsy. It was alleged by the parents that the midwife did not properly or continuously monitor the baby in the latter stages of delivery, and that if she had done this it would have been detected that the baby was in distress as a result of a lack of oxygen.

The Belfast Trust eventually accepted that the injury was caused as a result of medical negligence, having rigorously denied it at the outset. A forensic analysis of notes and records resulted in a change of heart by the Trust, and a compensation settlement was reached before the case reached the Belfast High Court. A judge approved the compensation package, which is thought to be one of the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland.

The medical negligence compensation case was brought with the benefit of legal aid, and their solicitor said justice would otherwise not have been done if this recourse wasn't available.

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