29 January 2009
NHS trust agrees to £111k payout to Erb's Palsy sufferer
An NHS trust has agreed to a settlement with the family of a boy who suffers from Erb's Palsy.
Jacob Keogh has the condition, which is generally caused by birth trauma and affects the primary nerves which supply feeling and movement to the arms.
He was born at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in November 1999.
Recently, the East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust agreed to settle a claim brought by the family on a "compromise" basis.
Without admitting liability, the trust came to an arrangement to pay the family £110,848.
If the case had gone to trial, legal representatives for Jacob would have argued that errors made by midwives during his birth led to his injury.
However, the NHS trust insisted that its staff had done all that was possible and could not be blamed.
As the agreement between the parties was reached during a hearing a London's high court, Mr Justice Holroyde commended the support provided to Jacob by his family.
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