23 January 2009
Girl wins compensation for injuries suffered in car crash before birth
A girl who was injured in a road collision while still in her mother's womb has been awarded a payout of £8 million, it has been revealed.
According to reports in the Sheffield Telegraph, the youngster - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was born with acute cerebral palsy and disabilities which will mean she will require care for the rest of her life.
Her mother had been a passenger in a vehicle which was struck by a car travelling in the opposite direction. She was 26 weeks pregnant at the time.
The force of the impact was sufficient to cause a placental abruption - which refers to the separation of the placental lining from mother's uterus.
Recently, the insurers of the driver of the other vehicle agreed to settle a legal case which had been brought by the girl through her mother.
The two parties came to an arrangement during a hearing in London's high court.