8 year old girl wins £5.5 million in medical negligence claim

14th July 2014

8 year old girl wins £5.5 million in medical negligence claim

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Medical negligence left an 11 month old girl brain damaged because of NHS delay in the diagnosis and treatment of meningitis.  She has won a settlement of her damages claim against the NHS Trust worth £5.5 million.

The girl, who is now 8 years old, was referred to hospital by her GP. Despite her very high temperature, she was discharged and a medical review was only undertaken following her re-admission 11 hours later. The delay had resulted in serious disabilities, including epilepsy and learning difficulties which will blight the rest of her life.

NHS Trust, who were responsible for the hospital, were sued by her lawyers.  The NHS Trust admitted liability and issued a public apology. The High Court approved a settlement of her case, which was a lump sum of £2,415,000 lump sum plus annual, index-linked and tax-free payments to cover the costs of her care for her whole life. The total compensation package was valued at £5.5 million.

The girl’s mother said, “We are incredibly relieved that the case has fully settled as my daughter will now have the means to get the care and expert rehabilitation that she needs to help in her everyday life. As a parent, it is a huge relief knowing that she will receive support into her adult life too.”

Claims against NHS Trusts are on the rise, due to medical negligence including delayed diagnosis. As a firm of local solicitors in Ipswich, we deal in these cases. If you have suffered from negligent treatment, you can contact our team of specialist medical negligence lawyers on  01473 211121 who will be able to offer you a free initial consultation. Depending on the circumstances we may be able to act for you on a No Win No Fee basis.

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