Girl left brain damaged after ‘errors’ during birth wins multi-million pound payout from Redbridge hospital trust
PUBLISHED: 13:50 29 October 2012
A little girl who suffered devastating brain damage due to medical blunders during her birth at King George Hospital has won a multi-million pound damages payout from the NHS.
The girl was left facing a lifetime of disability, completely dependant on others’ care, after her brain was starved of oxygen during her mother’s labour in 2006.
Lawyers for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust today made a full public apology for the blunder and agreed to a massive compensation package.
The deal, approved at the High Court, will see the girl and her family receive a £2.3million lump sum, including £230,000 for her “pain, suffering and loss of amenity”, plus annual six-figure payments to cover her care costs for the rest of her life.
Those payments will begin at £100,000-a-year, rising with inflation, and the total the NHS will have to pay out for its mistakes is likely to run into many millions of pounds.
In court, NHS barrister Philip Havers publicly apologised for the “errors” at King George, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, which resulted in the youngster’s injuries.
The girl now has cerebral palsy. She is unable to sit unsupported, has a severe learning disability and is completely dependant on others for care.
Her barrister, Derek Holwill, told Judge Mitchell liability for the injuries was never in issue and judgment was entered in the girl’s favour.
For the NHS trust, Mr Havers said: “May I take this opportunity to convey to the claimant and her family the Trust’s most sincere apologies.
“No amount of compensation can, of course, turn back the clock, but the trust hopes and believes that the sums to be paid will provide some recompense for the devoted care the claimant’s parents have provided to her and, secondly, will provide for her future needs.”
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