The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

If you have been injured while in the care of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you may be entitled to compensation for medical negligence. To speak to an expert about your situation, call Quittance on 0800 612 7456.

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Case Study

A 14-year-old was awarded damages of £7,102,016 after complications during childbirth left him with cerebral palsy.

The boy sustained a severe brain injury during a problematic delivery at a hospital within the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He was subsequently diagnosed with four-limb athetoid cerebral palsy, a severe form of the condition which left him in a wheelchair.

The Claimant's needs were complex and extensive. He could not walk, stand, wash, dress or feed himself and received special dietary supplements through a feeding tube. He lacked the ability to control independent movement and needed assistance with all aspects of his personal care. His injuries also affected his sight, speech and ability to communicate.

Independent medical opinion

Medical experts agreed that the Claimant would be fully dependent on others for the rest of his life. It was also agreed that he would never work or achieve financial independence. While the Claimant's condition was unlikely to deteriorate, it was acknowledged that he might become increasingly frustrated as he got older. This could lead to behavioural problems which potentially could impact his care.

The compensation settlement

The overall settlement approved by the Court was £7,102,016 (£7,535,771.05 RPI adjusted) comprising a lump sum award and annual payments.

The lump sum award was broken down as follows:

  • Damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity: £230,000 (£244,047.23 RPI adjusted)
  • Damages for past losses, including care costs, accommodation and mobility aids: £273,227
  • Future loss of earnings: £437,797
  • Future physiotherapy costs: £67,000
  • Future occupational therapy: £40,440
  • Future speech and language therapy: £43,000
  • Future accommodation expenses: £857,627
  • Future aids and appliances: £150,000
  • Future assistive technology: £250,000
  • Future holiday expenses: £133,045

Annual payments started at £60,318 rising to £180,000 per annum after five years for the rest for the Claimant's life. It was agreed that the boy would live to approximately age 54, that is, for another 40 years from the date of the trial.

Making a compensation claim against Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

If you or a member of your family has sustained an injury as the result of clinical negligence, financial compensation can provide necessary support to ensure that treatment and care costs are met.

Quittance's expert panel of solicitors have years of experience handling negligence claims against NHS Trusts. For more information or to discuss your options, call Quittance on 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback.