06 May 2008
High court claim launched in clinical negligence case
Through her mother, a woman who suffers from cerebral palsy has launched a high court legal battle for compensation, the Basingstoke Gazette reports.
Rebecca Crothall was born suffering from asphyxiation, while her twin was still born.
Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust - which provides services predominantly to people living in Winchester, Eastleigh, Andover, Stockbridge, Bishops Waltham, Alresford and the surrounding area - has already admitted liability but the two sides have not yet agreed a sum for compensation.
According to a high court writ, Ms Crothall, who is now 20-years-old, has severe learning disabilities and has to be supervised constantly.
She also suffers from a condition which affects her legs and means that her quality of movement is impaired.
Commenting on the case, a spokeswoman for the Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust said: "The trust has apologised, admitted liability and causation and there has been a payment in respect of this. The judge will review the matter of the claimant's long-term care needs in July."
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