A girl who suffered a brain injury during childbirth and now requires specialist care and therapies for the rest of her life has been awarded an £8.2 million settlement at the High Court.
The unnamed girl was injured following a delay in the treatment of her mother’s diabetes in pregnancy by staff at King George Hospital in Goodmayes. As a result of injuries sustained during her birth, the girl was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
The girl’s family decided to take legal action in a bid to help their daughter access the specialist care, therapies and support she requires.
She has relatively mild physical disabilities but she has significant learning disabilities which will affect her throughout her life.
Following a series of expert assessments and negotiations the Barking Havering and Redbridge University Trust (BHRUT) who run the hospital agreed on a settlement.
The settlement worth £8.2 million was approved by the High Court in a hearing last week. The girl will receive a lump sum of £4.1 million as well as annual payments, and the total capitalised value of the settlement over her lifetime will be £8.2m.
The money will fund treatments such as physiotherapy and accommodation, allowing her to live as independently as possible in the future. It will also compensate for the fact that the girl is unlikely to be able to work during her lifetime.
Her mother said: “I have such a mixture of emotions. My daughter’s injury was avoidable and would not have happened if I had received competent care during my pregnancy.
“There is sadness and I’m not sure I will ever get over the resentment I feel about that but there is also relief that because of this settlement, she will have some financial security and I have the security of knowing that she will be properly looked after throughout her life.”
Kathryn Halford, the trust’s chief nurse, said: “We would like to sincerely apologise to the patient and their family. The safety of our patients is our highest priority.
“Sadly on occasion, things can go wrong and we are extremely sorry when this happens and we do not live up to our own high standards.”