A twelve-year boy from Hertfordshire has been awarded medical negligence compensation totalling £5 million after surgery shortly after his birth left him with brain damage.
Robbie Crane underwent heart surgery at Middlesex’s Harefield Hospital after it was discovered he had a serious heart defect. The operation was successful but the boy’s personal injury claim stated that medical negligence occurred during the post-operative ventilation.
The schoolboy’s brain was deprived of oxygen and as a direct result of this, Robbie contracted cerebral palsy and is in need of round the clock care.
Robbie’s parents, Catherine and Barrie, asked a personal injury solicitor to file a medical negligence claim on behalf of their son. The £5 million settlement was agreed out of court but has since received High Court approval.
The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust denied liability but did admit that there were serious issues concerning the treatment Robbie received at Harefield Hospital.
The compensation award will ensure that Robbie has the accommodation, specialised equipment and support that he will need for the rest of his life.
Robbie’s parents said they were surprised to have actually won the compensation award as they had been told on several occasions that they had no chance of winning.
Although incidents like this get a lot of publicity, they are rare. If you, or a member of your family, have suffered medical negligence, it’s important to take your case to a reputable firm of personal injury solicitors as they are the ones with the expertise necessary to guide you through the entire claims process.