Lawyers representing a little girl who suffered devastating brain damage due to medical errors during her hospital birth have achieved a multi-million pound settlement of her case against the NHS. The girl was left facing a lifetime of disability and completely dependent on others' care after her brain was starved of oxygen during her mother's labour in 2006.
In agreeing to the compromise, lawyers representing Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust made a full public apology. The settlement, which was approved by a High Court judge, entails the payment of a £2.3 million lump sum, including £230,000 for the girl’s ‘pain, suffering and loss of amenity’, as well as annual, index linked and tax-free payments to cover the costs of her care for life. Those payments will begin at £100,000-a-year and will rise annually with inflation.
Lawyers for the girl, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had claimed that inappropriate levels of the labour-inducing drug Syntocinon were administered as her mother prepared to give birth, resulting in a period of profound hypoxia.