Soufyan’s story is somewhat unusual in that his cerebral palsy claim was not started until he was 18 years old. Soufyan’s mother had devoted her life to his care since he was born and had never thought to question whether someone could have been held accountable for his condition. It was only much later, at a chance meeting with one of our clinical negligence lawyers, did she realise that it was worth investigating the circumstances of her son’s birth and what had caused the cerebral palsy.
It was alleged that during Soufyan’s birth, those responsible for his delivery not only failed to recognise important changes in the heart rhythm on the cardiotocograph trace, but also failed to resuscitate him properly when he was born. As a result, it was claimed that Soufyan’s brain was deprived of oxygen resulting in brain damage and cerebral palsy. He suffers from dysarthria, a motor speech disorder and has some learning difficulties. Soufyan is wheelchair bound although he can walk short distances with a walker.
Our clinical negligence lawyers were able to identify experts in practice at the time of his birth to report on the standards of care provided during Soufyan’s birth. Their view was that Soufyan’s birth was unnecessarily delayed and that his resuscitation was mismanaged, resulting in the brain injury.
Post-settlement, our deputyship lawyers now work closely with Soufyan and his family to enable him to retain as much independence as possible, running his own personal budget and empowering him to make decisions about his daily care. We recruited a case manager to set up and manage his care package after assessing his particular needs. Our deputyship team, with the assistance of our property lawyers, purchased a suitable home for him, including appointing an architect to draw up specific plans and then hiring a contractor to carry out the works.
Soufyan is now living independently in his specially adapted home, supported by his carers, family and his professional deputy. He is able to participate in the activities he enjoys and has recently taken up go-karting; demonstrating that with certain adjustments, Soufyan can lead a full and active life.
Our lawyers work with specialist teams across the firm to get the best possible outcomes for vulnerable people, supporting families and enabling our clients to get back the life chances that have been taken away by clinical negligence.
If you believe you may have a clinical negligence claim, please contact the team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 7814 1200.