KGH pays out £7m over medical negligence claim

Kettering General Hospital has agreed to pay out more than �7m to the family of a baby who was the victim of medical negligence
Kettering General Hospital has agreed to pay out more than �7m to the family of a baby who was the victim of medical negligence
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Kettering General Hospital has agreed to pay out more than £7m to the family of a baby who was the victim of medical negligence.

The case related to a negligent delay in childbirth after the baby showed signs of foetal distress. This led to a lack of oxygen, causing brain damage and the child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The hospital has accepted that 90 per cent of the child’s brain damage was caused by their negligence.

After several experts were consulted on aspects of the claim, terms were negotiated between KGH and Wilson Browne Solicitors for a lump sum and annual payments for the rest of the claimants’ life.

The claim, which has been ongoing for several years, has now been resolved with KGH agreeing to pay £7.1m.

Louise Tyler, head of the clinical negligence team at Wilson Browne, said this will mean the child’s future needs in terms of specialist care are assured, which was the parents’ main aim.

She said: “Clinical negligence (or medical negligence as it is sometimes referred to) is not all about receiving compensation: we understand clients are looking for answers by getting to the truth about why it happened, how it was allowed to happen and who was responsible.

“One aspect of our job is to look at the bigger picture; to enable victims to improve their life in terms of care, rehabilitation and housing but also to consider their other needs.

“Obviously this involves compensation to facilitate those changes.

“At Wilson Browne we are privileged to be able to call on our colleagues from other specialisms to ensure that we provide a complete service including wills, trusts and vourt Of protection where appropriate.

“A trust may be necessary to ensure finances are safeguarded and taken care of properly and, court of protection applies when someone is unable to make a decision for themselves.”