£8m compensation for boy left with brain damage after birth

By Gillian Crotty

The London High Court has approved a compensation package expected to reach between £8million and £9million after "deficiencies" in the medical care he received after his birth resulted in him suffering from lifelong cerebral palsy.

There were complications during the birth of the boy, now aged 7, at Queen's Medical Centre. The court heard that hospital staff "failed to provide adequate treatment" and that "there were deficiencies in the way the hospital dealt with the need to resuscitate him". He suffered catastrophic brain damage and now suffers from profound cerebral palsy, meaning he requires a team of carers and his family will face high costs in respect of his care during the entirety of his lifetime.

The NHS Trust admitted liability and publicly apologised to the family of the boy. They say that the "deficiencies" that occurred on that day have been "identified and corrected".

The High Court approved the settlement package which consists of a £3.25million lump sum payment, and annual payments of £146,500 a year, increasing to £230,000 when he turns 19.

If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of negligent medical care received in Northern Ireland, contact one of the specialist claims solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 9289.