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We recently settled a medical negligence claim for £30,000 for Hannah* who developed psychological injuries as a result of the traumatic birth of her daughter, Charlotte*. We are also making a claim on behalf of Charlotte who now has cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence in her delivery which has yet to be settled, although interim payments have been agreed. 

After an exceptionally long labour, baby Charlotte was born in a poor condition, had to be resuscitated and was taken to the special care baby unit. As a result of the distressing birth, Hannah has been suffering from nightmares, flashbacks and anxiety attacks. Hannah was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder and depressive symptoms.

Our medical negligence claim commenced initially to investigate the cause of Charlotte’s cerebral palsy, and whether it could have been avoided. Expert evidence indicated that there were negligent delays in delivery, and but for those delays, Charlotte would have avoided brain damage.The experts stated that delivery would have been much earlier and would have avoided the traumatic, emergency situation.

Boyes Turner’s medical negligence solicitors put forward allegations of medical negligence to the hospital trust in respect of Charlotte claim for the cerebral palsy, and her mother’s claim for psychological injury. 

The hospital trust admitted that negligent care caused the cerebral palsy. Interim payments on account of compensation have been provided to Charlotte and her family to provide immediate assist whilst quantum evidence is obtained.

Despite no admission being received in respect of Hannah’s claim for psychological injury, Hannah’s solicitor, Sita Soni negotiated a settlement of £30,000 plus payment of Hannah’s legal costs.

* All names have been changed to protect client privacy