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Cerebral palsy claim: Negligence at Royal Derby Hospital in recognising abnormal CTG

Julia Hamilton is currently investigating quantum in a case against University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust involving a child who suffers from cerebral palsy arising from negligent failure to identify and act uponabnormalities on the CTG trace immediately before birth. He is the mother's second child.

The pregnancy was complicated by abnormalities of the umbilical cord and she was being closely monitored. Around 36 weeks, the mother attended hospital concerned aboutreduced fetal movement but problems highlighted in the CTG trace were not picked up. Had these abnormalities been identified, the boy would have been delivered several hours earlier and would have avoided a period of acute profound hypoxia which resulted inextensive brain damage.

Liability was hotly contested but settlement was then agreed prior to quantum investigations. Meanwhile, we have obtained a substantial interim payment and secured alternative, appropriate ground floor accommodation for the child andhis family and have employed a support worker to assist the family with his care. He is also now receiving private physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and psychological support all managed by his case manager.

The payments and eventual settlement are managed by Fieldfisher's Court of Protection team.

The family said: "Julia has supported us as a family throughout our son's case, we feel totally supported and any question we have will always be answered. The compassion that has been shown to our son has been wonderful and we couldn'thave asked for more. Our son has been treated with dignity and total respect the whole time we have had the pleasure of working with Julia. We feel very blessed and fortunate to have Julia looking after our son's case. Thank you."

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For further information about cerebral palsy claims and birth injury claims, please call Julia Hamilton on 0161 268 8620 or email julia.hamilton@fieldfisher.com.

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