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Posted 12 December 2017
byEndurance Arthur

Substandard Care Causing Birth Injury in North Devon Leads to Substantial Damages

A 9 year girl old Billie (not her real name) who cannot be named for legal reasons was awarded a compensation settlement totalling just under £20 million pounds after negligent care during her birth at North Devon District Hospital left her with severe brain damage and a reduced life expectancy.

Billie has severe problems with mobility, co-ordination, swallowing, speech and communication. She is difficult to understand and will need life-long care and assistance. Today at the High Court in London, Mr Justice Maloney QC gave his approval to a financial settlement comprising a lump sum and annual payments for the rest of Billie’s life.

At the hearing, Mr Christopher Gibson QC representing Billie, paid tribute to her parents “who have devoted themselves to making Billie the happy and delightful child described”. The hospital Trust’s barrister also paid tribute to Billie’s parents and “apologised wholeheartedly to (Billie), her parents and her siblings” on behalf of himself and all at the Trust. He said that he recognised that “no amount of money can ever turn back the clock” to undo the damage done to Billie.

Miss Endurance Arthur, Partner at Tozers LLP Exeter, and one of our medical negligence solicitors, said, “Anyone who meets Billie cannot help but be charmed by her – she is bright and lively and funny. Billie has much potential to succeed in life despite the extent of the problems she must live with. I cannot wait to see the major difference that the sum awarded to her today will make to her life.”

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Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor in the medical negligence department and a member of the Law Society's Clinical Negligence Panel