The case involved a negligent delay in childbirth after signs of foetal distress, which led to a lack of oxygen causing brain damage and the child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
The hospital accepted that 90% of the child’s brain damage was caused by its negligence. After several experts were consulted and advised on various aspects of the claim, terms were negotiated for a lump sum and annual payments for the rest of the claimants’ life.
The claim has been on going for several years and the settlement has now been approved.
Louise Tyler pictured, head of the clinical negligence team at law firm Wilson Browne said this will mean the child’s future needs in terms of specialist care are assured which was the parents’ main aim.
She added: “Clinical negligence is not all about receiving compensation: we understand that clients are looking for answers by getting to the truth about why it happened, how it was allowed to happen and who was responsible.
“One aspect of our job is to look at the bigger picture; to enable victims to improve their life in terms of care, rehabilitation and housing but also to consider their other needs.
“Obviously this involves compensation to facilitate those changes.”
Wilson Browne’s specialisms also include in wills, trusts and Court Of Protection.
Ms Tyler said: “A trust may be necessary to ensure finances are safeguarded and taken care of properly and, Court of Protection applies when someone is unable to make a decision for themself.”