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Covid-19 update: Business as usual at Bolt Burdon Kemp

Bolt Burdon Kemp continues to remain very much open for business. We are passionate about achieving life-changing results for our clients, providing excellent client care and ensuring you receive the support you need.

We continue to progress our clients’ existing cases and support new clients with their cases.

All of our wonderful people are successfully working from home. We have re-opened our office so that those who need to work in the office are able to do so, in a socially distanced and safe manner. 

Our strategy of working in teams continues to ensure there is always someone for you to talk to. We are using telephone and video-conferencing very effectively. A number of multi-million pound cases have settled since the virus outbreak, using these facilities.

We are determined more than ever that the wheels of justice will keep on turning.

Contact us on 020 7288 4800 or and one of our team will get in touch with you.

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Eight year girl old awarded £2.95 million plus future annual payments for brain injury caused by medical negligence

The BBC have reported that eight year old Ruby Curtis was awarded £2.95 million plus future annual payments in compensation for a life-changing injury suffered because of medical negligence at St James’s Hospital in Leeds. The future annual payments which will be used to pay for her significant ongoing care needs.

Ruby’s mother, Lisa, was taken to St James’s Hospital in August 2005 to give birth to Ruby. She was given a drug which would bring on her contractions, however her uterus ruptured and doctors failed to diagnose this serious complication. This failure meant that Ruby was starved of oxygen which caused her permanent and irreparable brain damage. Ruby was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She has no clear speech and relies on her eyes to operate her communication aid and computer. She also uses an electric wheelchair.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised “for the mistakes that occurred during the birth of Ruby”.

Unfortunately, complications which occur at birth can often have a devastating, and sometimes fatal, effect on the baby and/or the mother. Injuries sustained by babies during their birth can often mean that they require extensive care for the rest of their lives. This can include their homes having to be adapted to suit their needs and professional carers and nurses assisting them on a long-term basis. This type of injury can place great personal and financial strain on families.

If a baby or mother is injured during labour or delivery, this may be due to a number of causes, however it is sometimes due to medical negligence. Our medical negligence solicitors are experienced in dealing with this type of claim and have successfully obtained much-needed compensation for injured mothers and children. We are also keen to arrange support for families during their claims and can arrange a specialist ‘immediate needs assessment’ service, designed to identify any additional help and support required.

If you would like to discuss your concerns with no obligation and free of charge, please contact me on 0207 288 4849 or

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