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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.

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