A four-year old boy who suffered catastrophic brain damage due to the negligence of staff at a Portsmouth hospital has won a payout worth more than £6.7 million. A series of failures at the hospital has left the young boy with irreversible brain damage and severe disabilities which will mean he must receive round-the-clock care for the rest of his life. Doctors failed to diagnose a condition called congenital diaphragmatic hernia which causes the organs to move into the chest cavity. There were delays in performing x-rays which could have diagnosed the condition sooner and, as a result the boy suffered a cardiac arrest. There were also delays in treating the condition due to a failure to diagnose and there was a delay in summoning a specialist when the boy suffered a cardiac arrest. As a result of the negligence, the boy is no longer able to move independently and must rely on specialist technology and eye movements to communicate. The compensation claim made on his behalf was successful and the boy received a £3.2 million sum upfront and will receive subsequent payments of £265,000 every year until he turns 18. The boy will also receive £305,000 per year for the rest of his life to pay for his 24-hour care.
Medical negligence claims
In this case, the devastating consequences were a patient suffering catastrophic brain damage, but medical negligence may involve the progression or causation of any illness due to a failure to diagnose or failure to spot an illness or injury. It could also be a case of complications which resulted due to a failure to prescribe the appropriate treatment or a failure to send for a more thorough examination with a specialist. If there is evidence of negligence and you or a family member became ill or an illness progressed, you may also be able to obtain compensation.
Who to contact for compensation
Accident Advice Helpline is available to call 24/7 and is a free phone line. As a law firm, we offer no-obligation advice on your case of medical negligence and we operate under a ‘no win, no fee*’* policy so you won’t be out of pocket if you decide to pursue your case. Our team have helped thousands of victims of medical negligence so, if you have been injured or became ill because of your medical professional, you may also be able to win a cash payout to help cope with the cost of living and the costs of treatment or lifestyle changes.
Source: The News
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown