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Discovering that your child has suffered brain damage during their birth is devastating. When it is suggested that the injury to your child could have been avoided with greater care, it is understandable that any parent would be angry and demand answers to why their child suffered unnecessarily.

A compensation claim for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence enables parents to get the answers to their questions. However, it still has to be proven that “at the time and in the circumstances” the standard of care received by mother and child fell below that which is accepted in the medical community.

For advice about establishing negligence and the procedures for claiming compensation for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence, you are invited to contact our Freephone Advice Line and speak with a medical negligence solicitor. Our solicitor will provide practical and impartial information about claims for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence and advise you of the next steps you should take.

Judge Adjourns Claim for Failing to Act on Test Results

A High Court judge has adjourned a compensation claim for failing to act on test results after approving an interim settlement of compensation for an eight-year-old girl suffering from cerebral palsy.

At the High Court in Dublin, Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told how Isabelle Sheehan was delivered by emergency Caesarean Section at the Bon Secours Maternity Hospital in Cork in November 2004, after the results from an earlier blood test on her mother – Catherine – had shown a significant increase in the presence of antibodies which had the potential to react with those of Isabelle´s father, Colm.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross also heard that, had Catherine Sheehan´s paediatric consultant – Dr David Corr – referred Catherine to a specialist at the time the results were known, Isabelle could have been born earlier and the spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy she suffered at the time of her delivery could have been avoided.

Through her mother, Isabelle made a compensation claim for failing to act on test results against Dr Corr – who admitted that he had “made a mistake” and accepted liability for Isabelle´s injuries – and, at a hearing in October 2011, Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill approved an initial €1.9 million settlement of compensation and adjourned the case for two years to allow for the introduction of a structured compensation payment system.

As two years had passed, and no system for structured compensation payments has yet been introduced, Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved a further interim payment of €635,000 to provide Isabelle she will need for the forthcoming two years and adjourned her compensation claim for failing to act on test results once again.

The judge heard that, with assistance, Isabelle was keeping up with her classmates at her mainstream national school and that she was bright and intelligent. Mr Justice Kevin Cross closed the hearing by wishing Isabelle all the best for the future.

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Discovering that your child has suffered brain damage during their birth is devastating. When it is suggested that the injury to your child could have been avoided with greater care, it is understandable that any parent would be angry and demand answers to why their child suffered unnecessarily.

A compensation claim for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence enables parents to get the answers to their questions. However, it still has to be proven that “at the time and in the circumstances” the standard of care received by mother and child fell below that which is accepted in the medical community.

For advice about establishing negligence and the procedures for claiming compensation for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence, you are invited to contact our Freephone Advice Line and speak with a medical negligence solicitor. Our solicitor will provide practical and impartial information about claims for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence and advise you of the next steps you should take.

Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries Could be Reduced by More Senior Doctors Claims Consultant

A leading hospital consultant has claimed that the number of cerebral palsy birth injuries could be reduced if more senior doctors were available to provide 24/7 cover for labour wards.

Dr Sam Coulter-Smith, Master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, was speaking at a special conference convened to hear from doctors, midwives, the legal profession and families on how preventable cerebral palsy birth injuries to babies could be reduced.

He said that the number of babies born with cerebral palsy birth injuries had not reduced in the past twenty years despite an increase in foetal monitoring and births by Caesarean section, and acknowledged that a percentage of babies born with cerebral palsy were due to mistakes by hospitals and medical staff which could have been prevented.

Dr Coulter-Smith told the conference that junior doctors are being asked to make decisions regarding the healthcare of the mother and baby without the necessary experience, and that “there needs to be 24/7 cover of labour wards by senior consultants to address this problem”.

However, the consultant continued, senior doctors are only required to work between 8.00am and 8.00pm under the terms of their current consultant contracts and, for the remainder of the time, they can be at home on call and only have come to the hospital when there is an emergency.

Dr Coulter-Smith explained that the Rotunda Hospital had tried to reduce the number of cerebral palsy birth injuries by setting up a second tier of experienced junior doctors who are available outside “normal” working hours. However, he admitted, this policy was contrary to the demands of the Health Service Executive, who want the Rotunda Hospital to reduce their medical staff.

He added that he hoped the Health Service Executive would pay attention to the message from the conference because State compensation payments for cerebral palsy birth injuries each year amounted to €45million – equivalent to the Rotunda Hospital´s annual budget.

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Discovering that your child has suffered brain damage during their birth is devastating. When it is suggested that the injury to your child could have been avoided with greater care, it is understandable that any parent would be angry and demand answers to why their child suffered unnecessarily.

A compensation claim for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence enables parents to get the answers to their questions. However, it still has to be proven that “at the time and in the circumstances” the standard of care received by mother and child fell below that which is accepted in the medical community.

For advice about establishing negligence and the procedures for claiming compensation for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence, you are invited to contact our Freephone Advice Line and speak with a medical negligence solicitor. Our solicitor will provide practical and impartial information about claims for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence and advise you of the next steps you should take.

Brain Damaged at Birth Hospital Compensation Settlement Approved

An eleven year old girl, who was starved of oxygen during her birth and is now permanently brain damaged, has had a brain damaged at birth hospital compensation settlement of 1.75 million pounds approved at the High Court.

The unnamed girl was born at West Sussex Hospital in 2000 but, during her delivery, obstetric staff did not notice signs of foetal distress. The girl is not able to walk or talk, and uses an electric scooter for mobility and a computer to communicate.

“I am constantly amazed by the triumph of hope over adversity” stated Mr Justice Butterfield, as he approved the  brain in jury at birth hospital compensation settlement against the West Sussex NHS Trust which includes an immediate lump sum payment of 1.75 million pounds and annual payments to fund a lifetime of care.

Mr Justice Butterfield also had words for the girl´s parents, stating that “The devotion and care of her parents is undoubted and we very much hope that this sum of money will provide her with the very best possible future.”

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Discovering that your child has suffered brain damage during their birth is devastating. When it is suggested that the injury to your child could have been avoided with greater care, it is understandable that any parent would be angry and demand answers to why their child suffered unnecessarily.

A compensation claim for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence enables parents to get the answers to their questions. However, it still has to be proven that “at the time and in the circumstances” the standard of care received by mother and child fell below that which is accepted in the medical community.

For advice about establishing negligence and the procedures for claiming compensation for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence, you are invited to contact our Freephone Advice Line and speak with a medical negligence solicitor. Our solicitor will provide practical and impartial information about claims for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence and advise you of the next steps you should take.

Hospital Birth Injury Cerebral Palsy Girl Awarded 5 Million Pounds Compensation

A twelve-year-old girl, who sustained severe brain damage due to mistakes made during her delivery, has been awarded 5 million pounds in a hospital birth injury cerebral palsy compensation.

Sophie Clarke (12) from Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf, was born in 1998. However, a gross abnormality of Sophie´s heart rate was not identified, despite it registering on monitoring equipment.

If staff at the Princess of Wales Hospital had noticed Sophie´s condition, they would have intervened and delivery her by Caesarean Section. However, they permitted the birth to continue naturally, causing Sophie to suffer from a lack of oxygen in the womb.

Sophie suffers from traumatic cerebral palsy as a result of the errors made at the hospital and now needs twenty-four hour care, is fed via a tube and is confined to a wheelchair.

Solicitors acting for the family sued the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board for negligence, and in a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court the negotiated settlement of 5 million pounds was approved.

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Discovering that your child has suffered brain damage during their birth is devastating. When it is suggested that the injury to your child could have been avoided with greater care, it is understandable that any parent would be angry and demand answers to why their child suffered unnecessarily.

A compensation claim for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence enables parents to get the answers to their questions. However, it still has to be proven that “at the time and in the circumstances” the standard of care received by mother and child fell below that which is accepted in the medical community.

For advice about establishing negligence and the procedures for claiming compensation for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence, you are invited to contact our Freephone Advice Line and speak with a medical negligence solicitor. Our solicitor will provide practical and impartial information about claims for cerebral palsy due to hospital negligence and advise you of the next steps you should take.

Multi-Million Hospital Celebral Palsy Compensation Due To 15 Minute Delay

An eight year old boy, who sustained terrible brain damage due to being starved of oxygen at his birth, has been awarded a multi-million pound hospital cerebral palsy compensation package by the High Court in London.

Callum Davies, of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, was born at tAbergavenny in November 2002. A fifteen-minute delay in his delivery starved his brain of oxygen, and resulted in Callum sustaining dyskinetic hospital cerebral palsy and brain damage.

Claiming medical negligence against the Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust through his father Paul, Callum will now need extensive care for the remainder of his life – care which has been provided for him until now by his parents.

The health board which succeeded Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust in 2009 – the Anuerin Bevan Health Board – admitted liability for Callum’s hospital birth injury and issued an apology in front of Mrs Justice Nicola Davies at the High Court.

Announcing details of the hospital cerebral palsy compensation package, Judge Davies approved an immediate payment of 2.275 million pounds in order to adapt the family home and provide an education programme for Callum. Further annual payments will be made by the NHS Trust to cover the cost of his future care.

Addressing Callum’s parents in court, the judge went on to say “It is clear that the care which you and your wife have given is of the highest order. I know that Callum’s injuries have impacted on you and your whole family as a unit and that is something which at times is very, very difficult for families. I am well aware that the settlement approved by the court is not the complete answer, but what I do hope for the family is that these monies will make life easier”.

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