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Compensation settlement secured for severely disabled child

A compensation settlement has been secured to provide specialist care, therapies and equipment for a severely disabled child (X), who suffered brain damage as a result of a delay in delivery. X is now 10 years old.

Child X (with permission from client

19 October 2017

X was born at 41 weeks +3 days’ gestation at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. She was born by emergency forceps delivery because of severe foetal distress.
 
X had features of hypoxia, with seizures developing in the first hour of life. During her first 24 hours it was established that she had suffered severe widespread brain damage.
 
As a result, X is profoundly neurologically disabled with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and a multitude of health problems. She is completely dependent on others for all of her needs and has a much-reduced life expectancy.  X has been lovingly cared for by her parents who provide nursing-quality care 24 hours a day. 
 
The legal claim, managed by medical negligence solicitor Olive Lewin and her team, settled for £1.6 million lump sum, with £250,000 each year for X’s life.  The settlement will help X’s parents to pay for much-needed assistance by carers, specialist therapies and equipment.
 
Commenting on the outcome of the legal case, X’s parents said:
 
“Our claim took many years to settle and it was not an easy process to undergo.  However, we knew that Olive and the Leigh Day team were managing it very competently and professionally.  Now that we have reached the end we’re very grateful for the settlement that Olive has secured for our daughter. 
 
“When X was born our lives were shattered and we could not comprehend the future that lay ahead of us.  Ever since then we have spent it in a fragile and uncertain way, dominated by the various difficulties that X faces. 
 
“Olive understood this and was relentless in her efforts to secure our family the best outcome.  The settlement will now allow us to face the future knowing that X’s care, equipment and therapy needs can be met.  It will also give us the opportunity to focus on re-building our lives and achieving a normality that best suits our unique circumstances.”
 
Olive Lewin, partner in the clinical negligence team, said:

“This was a difficult case, and as a team we are pleased with the outcome. As a result of the settlement, the family can now move on with their lives and provide as near normal a life for X as is possible.”
 
Olive was assisted on this case by solicitor Charlotte Cooper.

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