£6.6 million award for boy in medical negligence case

Seven year old Leo Whiten has received personal injury compensation amounting to about £6.6 million after being left with profound disabilities at birth.

The boy suffered catastrophic injuries during his birth at St George’s Hospital in London and as a result of this negligence he will now require full-time care for the remainder of his life.

Leo, who comes from Tooting in the south-west of London, engaged a personal injury solicitor to file a claim against the St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust for his injuries and the resulting financial losses caused by medical negligence during his mother’s labour and his subsequent birth.

Mrs Justice Swift said medical experts agreed that Leo will have to rely completely on other people to help him with all daily activities. He will never live an independent life, will be unable to work and his mental capacity is such that he will never be capable of managing his own affairs.

The hospital admitted breach of duty in September 2005 and in March 2006 further admitted that negligence was responsible for Leo’s injury.

Leo was the first child of Samantha Nowell and her partner Simon Whiten. When he was born, both parents had well-paid jobs.

Mrs Justice Swift awarded a lump sum payment of £2.7 million and the remainder of the compensation will be paid in annual instalments to provide lifetime care for Leo.

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