07 February 2014
NHS Trust Pays £7 Million Medical Negligence Compensation
An NHS Trust has paid out over £7 million in the past year in four cases of medical negligence concerning births.
Data obtained by news provider the Lincolnite revealed a total of £7.2 million was paid in compensation by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, including £3.25 million towards a total award of £10 million for a boy who was starved of oxygen when his mother was in labour due to an overdose of a contraction stimulant. The rest will come in staggered payments throughout his life.
Aaron Crosby, who is now nine, was left with brain damage, athetoid cerebral palsy and epilepsy as a result of the incident, which has left him unable to speak or use any limbs. He is wheelchair-bound and needs constant care.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust admitted liability in that case, but not that of a teenage boy from Lincoln who suffered brain damage during his birth. The youngster, who has not been named, was starved of oxygen and suffered cerebral palsy as a result.
The Trust claimed the midwives involved worked "diligently", but it has now agreed an upfront sum of £2.65 million.
Another two cases saw a total of £1.3 million paid out. Details of these have not been made public.
A spokesman at the Trust said it has taken steps to enhance its maternity care, remarking: "The Lincoln County Hospital is one of few units in the East Midlands that provide a 60-hour consultant presence on the labour ward.
"This is a national standard recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This ensures that a senior obstetrician is physically present during peak times of activity on the labour ward."
None of that, however, will bring any great deal of cheer to Aaron Crosby's family. However, the money they have received will make a major difference. A statement from the family described the legal process as "a long and harrowing case for both the family and the lawyers fighting on their behalf".
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