A family has won millions in compensation for their baby born with brain damage at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby. A series of mistakes made by the hospital resulted in the tragedy and the family have won a payout which could be worth up to £6.5 million and will cover the costs of treatment, medical care and lifestyle adaptations for the boy. Caroline Lyster was first admitted to the hospital with an infection when she was seven and a half months pregnant and was treated with steroids and antibiotics. However, the expectant mother was released without a pathology report being produced. Subsequently, the tests indicated that the mother was suffering from E.coli and her early release meant that the infection was able to pass to the foetus. By the time she was re-admitted, her baby was already affected and Ms Lyster gave birth seven weeks prematurely. As a result, her son Cody was born with life-changing brain damage.
Cody now suffers from cerebral palsy and will need round-the-clock care to help him cope with his condition. The NHS trust agreed to the payout due to the extensive care he will need for the rest of his life and to compensate for the pain the family have suffered due to the mistakes made. The Trust has issued an apology to the family along with the compensation payout.
Medical negligence claims
Medical negligence this severe can cost the NHS millions as the patient will require round-the-clock care as well as a series of adaptations to help them cope. Medical negligence can occur when there is a failure to diagnose an illness or condition, there has been a delay in diagnosis or there has been a lapse in the standard of care offered to a patient. Although no amount of compensation can take away the pain of having a baby born with brain damage, it can help towards the care and adaptations needed to help your baby cope. If you have suffered or a family member has suffered due to medical negligence, the Accident Advice Helpline can help.
Beginning your claim
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which can assist you when you make your compensation claim. Call us on our free 24-hour helpline for no-obligation advice regarding your case. We can represent you throughout your case, helping you obtain the evidence you need to support your claim. If you have suffered due to medical negligence and your illness has become worse or you were injured during treatment, you may be able to win a payout to help with your finances in the aftermath of the incident.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown