He suffered a severe brain injury with severe hearing loss and needs one-to-one care for life. He is unable to manage his own affairs and life expectancy was reduced to about 79 years.
The Equivalent of Over £16 Million Compensation, for a 14-year-old Boy Was Agreed for His Injuries Sustained at Birth
This very large settlement was to be paid as an initial £6,592,312 lump sum, with annual payments of £50,000 for future care until he was 19 years old and £135,000 per annum after that for the rest of his life. In addition, annual payments of £17,000 for future case management until he was 19 and £15,264 per annum after that for the rest of his life. Within the settlement a figure of £240,000 was allocated to what is called ‘General Damages’ (for part of the award that relates to pain, injury and suffering).
C was delivered by normally at around 33 weeks of pregnancy but was floppy and in poor condition at birth. There were concerns at various times during the labour with CTG readings, yet the delivery proceeded to a normal vaginal delivery. His parents later met with a consultant obstetrician who was open and candid, discussing that there had been CTG abnormalities in the CTG trace leading up to delivery that had not been recognised. The CTG trace had been discontinued one hour prior to delivery. Had there been appropriate recognition of the CTG abnormalities, it was admitted that C would have been delivered earlier by caesarean section.