A seven-year old boy has won a cash payout amounting to £2.25 million after being born prematurely due to doctor negligence. Cian Bowen was born with brain damage and now suffers from cerebral palsy due to a doctor blunder. His mother, Tracy Ann Hughes, was negligently fitted with an intrauterine device, also known as the contraceptive coil, when she was already 14 weeks pregnant. She suffered bleeding after the device was fitted and seven weeks later realised she was pregnant. Unfortunately, Ms Hughes considered her family complete and no termination was possible at her stage of pregnancy. Had the pregnancy gone to term, Cian Bowen would not have suffered any brain damage and would have lived a healthy life.
Ms Hughes and Cian’s father Stephen Bowen claimed compensation and received a cash payout in the millions, £200,000 of which will go to Ms Hughes for her own personal injury claim and the lax standard of care received. Cian, a much-loved member of the family, will experience difficulties throughout his life but was described by the judge as a ‘delightful little boy’. The money will help towards the costs of adaptations to his lifestyle as well as the cost of his lifelong care. The doctor who fitted the device, Helen Claire Jenkins, admitted negligence meaning the case was settled out of court.
Medical negligence claims
Medical negligence occurs when there has been a low standard of care given by a medical professional such as a doctor, nurse, midwife or dentist. If someone experiences a misdiagnosis, a condition may be allowed to worsen as a result, causing complications. In addition, someone who has been given the wrong treatment or was not tested thoroughly to determine which treatment is best could be a victim of medical negligence. In this case, a baby was born prematurely due to a low standard of care and the victims were able to win a cash payout. If your baby was born prematurely due to medical negligence, you could also win compensation to help you cope financially with the repercussions.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with your medical negligence claim so give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline to obtain some no-obligation advice. If you have suffered or your child has suffered due to medical negligence, we may be able to win you some compensation to help with the cost of care and living associated with the condition. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t suffer financially to pursue the compensation you are entitled to.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown