Court Approves Settlement of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Compensation Claim

The High Court in London has approved an £11.5 million settlement of young boy´s athetoid cerebral palsy compensation claim after a hearing.

The five-year-old boy from Brighton – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was born at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in March 2010, having been deprived of oxygen in the womb due to a failure by midwives at the hospital to notice his mother´s prolapsed cord.

As a result of being deprived of oxygen, the boy now suffers from four-limbed athetoid cerebral palsy – a condition that results in involuntary movements, epilepsy, sight issues and a speech impediment. Because of these issues, the boy will be entirely dependent on others for the rest of his life.

In 2011, the boy´s father made an athetoid cerebral palsy compensation claim on behalf of his son against the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust; alleging that if midwives had notice the prolapsed cord, and the boy had been delivered eleven minutes earlier, he would not have sustained such devastating injuries.

In November 2012, the NHS trust admitted liability for the boy´s birth injuries and an interim settlement of the athetoid cerebral palsy compensation claim was made while reports were being conducted into the child´s future needs. Earlier this week at the High Court, a care and rehabilitation package worth £11.5 million was approved in final settlement of the athetoid cerebral palsy claim.

Speaking after the approval hearing had concluded, the family´s solicitor said: “We are pleased that we secured this settlement for him and his family, they now have the financial security and reassurance that the costs for his future treatment will be met. We hope that lessons are learnt by the Hospital and their staff so that patient safety in this situation can be improved and each and every patient receives the best quality of care at all times.”