Cerebral palsy youngster awarded £7.1m in medical negligence claim
January 14, 2013
Last week the news broke that teenage cerebral palsy sufferer Charlie Scott has been successful in his claim for compensation after he suffered medical negligence at the time of his birth (BBC). Charlie was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic hemiplegic athetoid cerebral palsy caused by his umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck for a period of 20 minutes during his birth.
His mother has pursued a claim for compensation on Charlie’s behalf for the past 10 years after believing that mistakes were made and taking legal action against the hospital trust. Eventually the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Trust admitted failing to provide Charlie with an appropriate standard of care. Furthermore they accepted that Charlie’s significant injuries would have been avoided if his delivery had been managed properly, the BBC reports.
The medical negligence lawyers at HospitalNegligence.co.uk frequently deal with high value claims and are currently representing numerous families who have also faced poor care during birth leading to devastating injuries.
It is important to realise that in no way is this a “windfall” for Charlie or his parents. Every penny of the compensation he has received will be put to use in helping him to live as normal a life as possible and ensuring his parents can provide the care, equipment, treatment and therapy that he will need for the duration of his life.
Read more about how we can help those with children with cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence to claim compensation here.