A young teenager, who suffered brain damage while playing football on a school playing field, was been awarded 1,7 million pounds in compensation for his injuries.
Rees Ashwell-Ross was just seven years of age in December 2004, when he was injured in a clash of heads during an after school game of football at St. Peter-at-Gowts Primary School in Lincoln. At home that evening, he started vomiting and was getting severe headaches.
His mother, Lisa, called the National Health Service out-of-hours service, but Rees was only hospitalised the following morning after suffering a massive seizure which left him with permanent brain injuries.
In the claim against West Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, the High Court in London heard how Rees’ devastating injuries could have been avoided had the out-of-hours service acted appropriately and sent a doctor to examine Rees on the night of the incident.
Instead, Rees was diagnosed with an extradural haematoma along with a ruptured meningeal artery which required emergency surgery to save his life. Rees now experiences mobility difficulties, struggles to communicate and faces the rest of his life being transported by wheelchair.
The West Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust admitted liability after Rees sued through his mother and the sum of 1.7 million in compensation for medical negligence was agreed.
Wishing Rees and his family good luck for the future when approving the settlement, Judge Foster commented “I’m very pleased to be able to approve this settlement, which seems to me soundly based and generally in Rees’s best interests”.