Compensation for boy with serious brain injury following birth complications

By Gillian Crotty

A boy suffering from cerebral palsy and cognitive difficulties following complications during his home birth is to receive a seven-figure sum of medical negligence compensation from the NHS.

The High Court has approved the settlement of the medical negligence case brought on behalf of the boy against Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital the boy was eventually transferred to when his mother's home birth "ran into problems".  It was claimed by the family's solicitors that the boy should have been transferred to Royal Berkshire Hospital sooner, and that the "response of hospital staff to the indications that something was going wrong with labour" were not adequate.

The NHS trust did agree that the boy's delivery should have taken place sooner but their solicitors argued that the brain injury had already occurred before his mother went into labour. In the end the trust admitted breach of duty to a limited extent and settled the clinical negligence claim by agreeing to pay 85 per cent of the full value of the compensation claim. The amount of compensation is yet to be calculated, but it will be a seven-figure sum that should ensure that the boy receives a lifetime of care and rehabilitation.

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