13 March 2012
Teenager awarded clinical negligence damages
A seven-figure compensation sum has been awarded to a disabled teenager on the grounds of clinical negligence.
According to the Sheffield Star, 16-year-old Rebecca Paige-Hayes suffered a life-changing head injury after undergoing a kidney transplant procedure due to the renal failure she experienced as a baby.
During this operation in January 2000, the child suffered hypertension and a burst blood vessel in her brain and her family subsequently took legal action against the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust - which has 13,000 employees - for its alleged negligence.
Because of the severity of her injuries, Rebecca will require 24-hour care for the rest of her life and despite the fact the NHS has not admitted liability, it has decided to settle the family's High Court claim by awarding compensation.
Stephen Miller QC, barrister for the NHS, explained the damages will be granted in a single lump sum and insisted they represent a "good compromise" for both parties.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas
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