WE REPRESENTED BABY NICHOLAS IN HIS CLAIM AND PROVED THAT HIS BIRTH INJURIES WERE CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE.
During labour baby Nicholas’s mother was put on a CTG trace to monitor the baby’s heart-beat. The trace was abnormal and showed that the baby’s heart rate kept dropping. This meant that she should have been taken urgently to theatre and had a Caesarian section. Due to the delay Nicholas suffered a lack of oxygen (hypoxia) and was born in a very poor condition. His ‘Apgars’ (a measure of his condition at birth) were only one at one minute and four at five minutes.
Nicholas suffered a serious injury to the brain because of this delay. He now has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy. He is extremely disabled with little use of his arms and legs and needs a wheelchair. He requires help with all aspects of daily life including feeding, washing and dressing and needs support from a full-time live-in carer helped by a second carer for four additional hours a day. He also needs specially adapted housing which includes a wet room, space to get around in his wheelchair and hoists in different parts of the house.
We were able to prove that his injuries were caused by negligence and negotiated damages of over £7 million.
Nicholas will be able to use the money to buy a house that can be specially adapted to his needs. He will also be able to set up a care regime for life to help him be as independent as possible. He can buy equipment to improve the quality of his life including technology to help him communicate and therapies that will ease his discomfort. The award has completely changed his life.
All names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals