14 July 2009
Cerebral palsy sufferer gets compensation for clinical negligence
A girl who was left with brain damage as a result of negligent delays in her birth has been successful in her bid to secure a payout.
Through her mother, Abigail Thomson sued the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and was recently awarded over £1 million in compensation, Portsmouth News reports.
She was born at St Mary's Hospital in March 2003 and developed quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
The condition affects sufferers' movement and coordination.
At an early stage of the legal action, the NHS trust admitted liability.
Recently, the two parties agreed on a settlement under which Abigail will receive a lump sum of £1.35 million, plus annual tax-free payments to cover the costs of her care for the rest of her life.
Approving the sentence, Mr Justice Eady praised the level of care given to the youngster by her family.
He said: "There is here a remarkable history of devoted care by this family over a considerable period of time."
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