Eight-figure settlement for birth injuries

Posted: 22nd June 2012

A girl who suffered life-changing injuries after hospital staff failed to monitor her mother during her birth has won a compensation settlement worth nearly £11 million from the NHS Trust responsible.
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Milly Evans, now 11, was born at Lincoln County Hospital. While her mother was in labour, hospital staff became aware that Milly had an abnormal heart rate and was in distress. After she was born, she was transferred to a neonatal unit, where she suffered a seizure.
As a result of the injuries she sustained, Milly has cerebral palsy. She is wheelchair-bound and cannot speak, communicating by means of eye-gaze equipment. She is dependent on others and requires around-the-clock care.
Her parents brought a claim against United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust on the ground that hospital staff had failed adequately to monitor the baby’s heart rate, with the result that Milly suffered more serious injuries than she would have done had the problem been detected earlier. There was also a delay in delivering the baby after problems had been identified.
The NHS Trust admitted liability in March 2010, but the amount of compensation payable has only recently been agreed. The settlement, which has now been approved by the High Court, includes a lump sum of nearly £5.9 million and periodic payments, rising to £204,000 per year, for the rest of Milly’s life.
The money will be used to provide a specially adapted home for Milly and to pay for the cost of the care and equipment she needs, as well as compensating her for loss of future earnings.
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