A boy aged eight has finally won compensation through a claim brought by his mother against the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust regarding injuries suffered due to oxygen starvation when he was born. According to recent news reports the boy was starved of oxygen at birth, a situation that led to the development of severe cerebral palsy. He is now dependent on care provided by his parents and will be dependent on others for life. The amount agreed upon by the court amounted to £9.5 million, which will be granted in two parts. The first part is a lump sum totalling £3 million. The second part is an index-linked annual payment of £80,000 that shall be given tax-free. Furthermore this annual payment will rise to £150,000 annually upon the boy’s 19th birthday and for every year thereafter. The compensation means the parents will no longer have to worry about the cost of caring for their son and providing exactly what he needs to enjoy the fullest life.
Has your child suffered through inadequate hospital care?
There is no doubt this case of oxygen starvation is tragic. The claim of negligence against the hospital has led to the massive payout, every penny of which is deserved. While hospitals by and large provide outstanding care there may occasionally be the potential for accidents and mishaps to occur. If negligence can be proven you may have a case to claim for compensation for your child if they are too young to claim for themselves. As we have seen above, you may also be able to do this if your child has suffered a disability you believe was caused through negligent care.
Claiming for compensation on behalf of your child
If you are hesitant about whether or not you have a case to make in support of your child in this way, contact the professional injury compensation lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline today. You have three years from the date at which the incident occurred in which to make a claim for compensation. Call us now on our free 24/7 enquiry line and we’ll discuss your situation with you. You may be able to launch a no win, no fee* claim on behalf of your child, enabling you to seek compensation for an incident that has been detrimental to them in some way. Find out more today.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown