A South Wales man, who was born with a permanent disability due to excessive force being used during his delivery, is to receive £450,000 compensation for an arm injury at birth in an out of court settlement.
Jamie Lewis (23) from Blackwood, Caerphilly, was born at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, South Wales, in 1991 with nerve damage to his neck after doctors at the hospital had used excessive force to free him from the birth canal during his delivery.
As Jamie grew up, the nerve damage manifested into the paralysis of his left arm and hand; which prevented him from pursuing the activities of his peers, made him a target for bullying and hindered his social development.
At the age of four, Jamie´s mother – Cheryl Lewis-Thomas – attempted to make a claim for an arm injury at birth against the local health board on her son´s behalf; but the solicitor she approached at the time declined to take the case and Ms Lewis-Thomas temporarily dropped the claim.
Several years later Ms Lewis-Thomas was encouraged to once again make a compensation claim for an arm injury at birth and, when Jamie was eighteen years of age, he made the claim on his own behalf against the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board which is now responsible for the provision of healthcare at the Royal Gwent Hospital.
Jamie found legal representatives that believed he had a viable claim, and they argued successfully that the team at Jamie´s delivery had failed to follow the correct protocols when Jamie became trapped in the birth canal and were responsible for his arm paralysis due to the negligent actions used to free him.
The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board accepted liability for the damage to Jamie´s nerves during his delivery, and an out of court settlement of compensation for an arm injury at birth was agreed amounting to £450,000.