Lightning can sadly strike in the same place twice and that was certainly the case for a young woman who was born suffering from cerebral palsy and had her disabilities greatly worsened by hospital negligence when she was a teenager. However, her lawyers have now secured her a seven-figure compensation pay-out.
The woman’s twin died in the womb before her premature birth. However, despite the injuries she suffered during her delivery, she had matured into a lively and intelligent 14-year-old before she suffered a heart attack in hospital. The relevant NHS trust accepted that there had been a negligent delay in her resuscitation and that she had suffered further damage to her brain as a result.
Despite the considerable progress she had been making prior to her heart attack, both at school and socially and in large measure due to the devoted care of her parents, her further injuries meant that it was very difficult to communicate with her. She was also registered blind and could not take food orally.
Under the settlement negotiated by her legal team, the woman would receive a lump sum of just over £1 million. On top of that, she would receive index-linked and tax-free payments of more than £185,000 a year to cover the costs of her care for life. In approving the settlement, the High Court paid tribute to her family for the enormous love and care which they have lavished upon her.