Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Compensation Claim

If you have been injured as a result of clinical negligence at a hospital within the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust you may be entitled to financial compensation. To speak to an expert about your situation, call Quittance on 0800 612 7456.

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (2013) case study

A 2 year old boy was awarded a total of £17,500 (£18,242 RPI adjusted) in an approved out of court settlement after he was left with a permanent scar through improper use of forceps at his birth.

The child was delivered with the use of forceps at a hospital within the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Although he was noted to be in good condition, he had sustained an inadvertent laceration to the right side of his neck at the level of the mid-neck flexion. The cut was 3 to 5 cm long and of full thickness through the subcutaneous layer, revealing the muscle beneath.

The wound was closed under general anaesthetic the following day.

As it healed, the tissue adhered to the underlying muscle, resulting in a more visible scar of 5.5cm in length, which dimpled as he moved his head.

It was expected that the child would need revision surgery under general anaesthetic within 1 to 2 years to excise the scar, and to remove its tethering from the large sterno cleidomastoid muscle.

The scar was not likely to interfere with the boy's growth or his neck function, or to hinder his employment prospects. Nor was it likely to impede on his activities of daily living. He had not sustained any nerve injury or sensory loss, and there was no injury to the cervical plexus.

Judge Matthews was of the opinion that the boy's injury fell within the Judicial College (JC) guidelines for facial disfigurement, in that the scar was located on his neck underneath his chin and was visible at a conversational distance.

Compensation Settlement

The child settlement approval hearing awarded a total of £17,500 (£18,242 RPI adjusted) of which £11,500 was for general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity; £4,500 for future surgery and £500 for future gratuitous care and travel associated with attending for further surgery.

Making a compensation claim against Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Making a claim for medical or clinical negligence can seem initially overwhelming. Hospital Trusts are large complex organisations. Just finding out what happened can be complicated.

Our panel of solicitors have significant experience in taking on hospital trusts and securing financial compensation for people affected by clinical or medical negligence.

Call us on 0800 612 7456 to discuss your situation with a claims expert or find out what your claim could be worth.