After suffering brain damage at birth, Rachel Hartley has been awarded £3.9 million. Rachel and her twin, Thomas, were born prematurely in 1999 at Hemel Hempstead Hospital and as a result of their premature birth, both twins suffered from cerebral palsy.
Staff at the hospital were accused of negligence as they failed to spot that Mrs Hartley was in premature labour when she arrived at the hospital complaining of stomach pains. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust denied liability for negligence but did agree to settle with the twins. In July 2014, Rachel was awarded £3.9 million, which includes a lump sum and annual payments, to be held in trust until she is old enough. Her brother Thomas received a settlement of £2 million in March 2011.
The failure by staff to notice Mrs Hartley had gone into premature labour left both twins with brain damage that has left them wheelchair bound and suffering from learning difficulties. They believe that had Mrs Hartley received appropriate treatment, Rachel would have escaped brain damage entirely, whilst Thomas could have avoided most of the damage caused.
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Source: Hemel Today
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown