22 March 2013
Teenager granted £7.3m in clinical negligence damages
Clinical negligence compensation totalling £7.3 million has been awarded to the family of a teenager who sustained brain damage a few days after his birth.
Robbie Crane will require round-the-clock care for the rest of his life due to the fact errors committed by staff at Harefield Hospital in London resulted in him suffering numerous serious health issues, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and developmental delay.
Robbie - who is now 13 years of age - required surgery at the specialist institution, which is managed by the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, after he was born with heart problems.
Despite the fact this procedure was successful, the ventilator he was fitted with subsequently was not properly adjusted for his needs.
Because his mental issues mean he has no sense of danger and limited speech, Robbie will need to live in specially-adapted accommodation for the remainder of his life.
His parents Barrie and Catherine therefore launched legal action against the NHS body and the High Court has now ruled that they are entitled to a seven-figure settlement, with a lump sum being provided up-front to enable the family to adapt their home and purchase aids and equipment.
On top of this, an index-linked instalment will be awarded to the family on an annual basis in order to pay for the care he needs. Although the NHS trust denied liability, it agreed to settle the claim.
Following the conclusion of the case, Barrie and Catherine Crane released a statement in which they said: "This brings to an end a long and challenging legal process but the daily care Robbie requires will continue for the rest of his life."
They went on to say: "We were repeatedly told that there was no chance of securing compensation but our legal team urged us on and so it is a great relief to finally have it decided."
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Posted by Chris Stevenson
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