£30m settlement for child with cerebral palsy following failings at the Royal Blackburn Hospital | Fieldfisher
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£30m settlement for child with cerebral palsy following failings at the Royal Blackburn Hospital

Jenny Urwin was instructed on behalf of a child who suffered brain injury during birth at the Royal Blackburn Hospital after staff failed to react to pathological CTG traces during the mother's labour. The claim settled for a lump sum equivalent of £30 million.

The child was profoundly disabled with mixed spastic/dyskinetic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

The claim was brought against East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust for failure to respond swiftly to an abnormal CTG trace which had become pathological during the course of the labour. There were various missed windows of opportunity within which the claimant could and should have been delivered. Medical evidence obtained confirmed that, had the baby been delivered sooner, their  brain injury would have been entirely avoidable.

The claimant lives with significant learning difficulties but is able to express their wishes and communicates using a specialist communication device.   They  attend a special-needs school, present with behavioural problems and suffer from disturbed sleep. They are  wheelchair dependent and rely  on carers to assist with all activities of daily living.

The settlement funds alternative adapted accommodation, occupational therapy, hippotherapy, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and provides 24 hour care.

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For further information about cerebral palsy claims and birth injury claims, please call Jenny Urwin on 03304606776 or email jenny.urwin@fieldfisher.com.


All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including no win no fee. Find out more about no win no fee claims.

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