Girl Left Severely Disabled From Birth Blunders
A girl born in Lewisham Hospital will receive £2million from the NHS as compensation for a series of medical blunders which have left her with severe disabilities. During pregnancy, the woman suffered an infection and passed it on to her unborn child. For this, doctors failed to provide necessary antibiotics. When the girl was born, the staff at the hospital did not spot signs of the infection and discharged her.
When the girl was discharged, the infection spread to her brain which caused cerebral palsy, brain damage and meningitis. As a result, the girl has breathing and eyesight problems as well as epilepsy and learning difficulties. The girl, now five-years-old, requires 24-hour care and is fed from a tube.
The hospital admitted liability and made an unreserved apology to the family. The NHS will pay £2million as a lump sum; they will also pay £600,000 per year to cover her care requirements.
What Negligence Claimline Say
Current average life expectancy in the UK is 83 years for a woman. This means that the NHS could be faced with a bill for the child’s care of over £45m due to the normal life expectancy.
Pregnancy and childbirth should be an exciting time, and medical professionals will want the birth to go as smoothly as possible for everyone involved. However, when difficulties are experienced, they may be as a result of a medical mistake.
As every pregnancy and birth is different, it can be difficult to know whether you have the right to claim compensation. At Negligence Claimline, our experienced team of solicitors will go through your case and help you to decide the best course of action for your needs. When there has been a mistake, an apology can be enough, but when it is not, Negligence Claimline wants to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have suffered medical negligence during pregnancy or childbirth, get in touch with our friendly advisors and find out if you have a right to claim.