Bereavement damages: an award or an insult?
The Kingsley Napley Clinical negligence team achieved a settlement of just under £3,000,000 for a child who developed irreversible brain damage as a result of hypoglycaemia and hypothermia.
The hospital failed to note that H’s birth weight was below the third centile on their weight chart and then failed to put in place an adequate care plan to ensure she was receiving adequate nutrition. This resulted in H developing hypoglycaemia and hypothermia which led to convulsions. H was discharged but when she was seven months old she suffered more convulsions, one of which lasted for 45 minutes, and following this episode her development began to slow down.
H’s brain damage has left her with severe problems with co-ordination, manipulation, dyspraxia, learning difficulties and epilepsy.
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