A £1.5m payout for blind man

Kettering, KGH, Kettering General Hospital, 'Thursday 9th September 2010
Kettering, KGH, Kettering General Hospital, 'Thursday 9th September 2010

A young man who was left blind after errors were made during treatment after his premature birth has received a £1.5m payout.

The man was left permanently blind after developing an eye disease after being over oxygenated by the hospital when he was a premature baby.

The incident happened in the late 1980s, but the man, who does not want to be named, did not consider a claim against the hospital for nearly two decades until his family read the result of a similar case in the Telegraph and contacted the Kettering-based law firm Wilson Browne.

Louise Tyler, head of clinical negligence at the firm, said: “The claimant’s parents are delighted and they can now take some comfort out of the fact that they no longer have to worry about him should anything happen to them in the future.

“It was clear from his medial records that the hospital had over oxygenated the claimant on a number of occasions.

“By doing this, they caused a conditional called Retinopathy of Prematurity which is total blindness.

“His family had never considered there was a cause for legal action for 20 years.”

The firm said the payout was so high because the young man’s employment oppportunities are reduced due to his condition, care requirements, and his young age.

He will also need modifications to his home.

Following an article about similar successful claims against the hospital in the Telegraph in 2009, the firm said it received several equiries from local people.

A spokesman for Kettering General Hospital said they do not comment on individual cases.