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Acquired Brain Injury

Brain damage - failure to diagnose an abscess leading to sudden collapse and brain damage with development of severe cognitive defect and disability

Defendants: Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Trust

The Facts A 17-year-old boy attended the casualty department of his local hospital complaining of severe earache and also ongoing serious headache. He was examined and blood samples were taken for analysis. He was told that he would be contacted when the...

Cerebral Palsy - Bilateral Dystonic Cerebral Palsy

Judgement entered for the client. Damages to be assessed when the child is old enough for a prognosis to be made
Defendants: St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

The Claimant was born in June 2009, about 10 days after the expected estimated due date.  The mother had a normal pregnancy.

When she was admitted to the birthing unit, CTG monitoring was carried out and an artificial rupture of membranes was performed.  Shortly afterwards, abnormalities appeared in the CTG trace which continued. These included prolonged episodes of fetal bradycardia, lack of baseline variability in the CTG trace and so on.

Cerebral Palsy - Tetraplegic - dystonic but with lower limb spasticity

Judgement entered with damages to be assessed
Defendants: North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust

The client was born at a London Hospital after his mother was induced. There were persistent decelerations apparent on the CTG monitor during delivery. Unfortunately these were not noted and acted on. As a result the baby suffered hypoxic ischaemic encaphalopathy. He was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of injury suffered during his birth.

Cerebral palsy

Judgement obtained for the client. The damages will be assessed by the court when the client reaches an appropriate age
Defendants: Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

The client was a 34-year-old woman who was just past her due date when she attended hospital to give birth. A CTG during the course of that day showed prolonged deceleration of the foetal heart. In the evening there were further CTG abnormalities.

Young man injured as a result of his carers failure to carry resuscitation equipment


The Facts: Some years before these events, when the young man was 17 years old, a lesion was discovered in his brain stem. He ended up becoming paralysed and he had a tracheostomy fitted to enable him to breathe. A carer from a care agency looked after him from time to time when his family was unavailable.