A 10-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been awarded a seven figure injury compensation package due to hospital mismanagement of her care when she was an infant.
The injury compensation deal includes both a lump sum compensation payout of £5,000,000 and annual compensation payments of between £50,000 and £100,000 to pay for her continuing care for the rest of her life.
She has also received a “full and unreserved apology” from the hospital involved.
The girl now suffers from severe disabilities after she was a victim of medical negligence. The hospital mismanaged the care of a virulent infection when she was a baby.
The High Court judge who approved the settlement said the child’s battle was a “triumph of the human spirit over adversity”.
The child’s lawyer noted that the settlement would compensate the girl for pain and suffering she had already sustained, and for her continued support, which she will need in the future.
He said the £5m lump sum will be managed by a trust established for the girl. The index linked tax free yearly payments of £50,000 will provide ongoing support and peace of mind for her parents. These will increase to £100,000 per year in 2029 to keep in line with inflation.
The child’s father was present at the hearing.