The parents of a 9 year old girl left with cerebral palsy and catastrophic brain damage during her birth at North Devon District hospital have attended court in the final stage of their fight for compensation.
The is one of the most severe cases of brain damage resulting from mistakes during labour. The girl just survived after she was deprived of oxygen during and after her birth, until she was properly resuscitated once she was born. She has been left with profound injuries and a shortened life.
Northern Devon NHS Trust which is responsible for managing North Devon District hospital admitted negligence in 2016 after extensive investigations by Tozers solicitors. Working with many experts and specialist barristers, Tozers solicitors then valued the claim for compensation, based on the girl’s short life expectancy. An out of court agreement was reached on a 7 figure monetary settlement for the child just weeks before the case was to go to trial. On 10 February 2020 at the Royal Courts of Justice, Mr Justice Johnson approved the settlement. Afterwards, the child’s parents said they were pleased that their daughter’s claim has been concluded but wished that she hadn’t had the injury in the first place.
The child’s solicitor, Endurance Arthur, is accredited by the Law Society’s clinical negligence panel and is rated as a notable practitioner in Chambers & Partners UK and the Legal 500.
She specialises in medical negligence cases, and acts for clients, particularly children, nationally.
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HXSX (by her mother and Litigation Friend SXSX) -v- Northern Devon NHS Trust