A teenager from Portsmouth is set to receive nearly £6 million in an NHS settlement granted in recognition of the fact he was brain-damaged at birth. He was born at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth in 1997, but a delay in delivering him meant he suffered brain damage that cannot be reversed.
The settlement is broken up into two parts. Firstly he will receive a lump sum that will cover his care and requirements, while the second part provides an annual payment to cover ongoing needs throughout his life. As such the NHS settlement is thought to be worth almost £6 million.
The case was finally concluded at the Royal Courts of Justice on 4th November. The boy’s mother, Karen Harper, issued a statement following the verdict that spoke of the ability to plan for his future with more confidence, now the financial settlement has been agreed. She also said the money could never properly compensate for what occurred in 1997. Her son has been able to make improvements and has some independence, although he suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of the delay in his birth.
How common are cases such as these?
It will come as a relief to hear that cases of this nature are extremely rare. For the most part care within the entire NHS is of an excellent quality and delivers in a wide variety of ways. However we also recognise that there is a potential in all medical situations for things to go wrong. If there is evidence that negligence played a part in these situations then there is a possibility that the case could result in compensation being paid out at a later date.
Source: The News Portsmouth