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    V’s mother had had an uneventful pregnancy and was admitted to hospital after her waters had broken. By the time she was admitted, shortly after midnight, her contractions had started and the cervix was 6cm dilated. 

    The first and second stages of labour progressed over the next day and V’s head crowned and his head was delivered a minute later, at which point the cord was found to be loose around his neck. He was delivered a minute later but was found to be shocked and pale. 

    V made no attempts to breathe. Paediatric assistance arrived seven minutes after he had been born and V was subsequently intubated and ventilated. He was breathing on his own by ten minutes, but shortly after he became floppy and jittery and was prescribed medication for epileptic fits.

    A CT scan taken when V was 8 hours old showed that he had suffered hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy (brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen).

    Graham Bell was instructed to investigate the management of V’s birth and instructed a variety of medical experts. It was argued that, with proper care, V should have been delivered eight minutes earlier. The defendant had failed to properly records V’s heart rate on a  CTG (electronic foetal monitor) trace and it was argued that, had the CTG been commenced it would have identified that V’s heart rate was dropping (decelerations), and that this was most likely due to intermittent cord compression. It was also alleged that following V’s birth there was a delay of seven minutes before a paediatrician arrived.

    A liability split was eventually agreed at 90/10% in V’s favour. Graham obtained further medical reports from a large number of experts to assess V’s injuries and care requirements. 

    V has dyskinetic cerebral palsy with both dystonia (a neurological movement disorder which causes muscle contractions, twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal fixed postures) and athetosis (abnormal muscle contraction causes involuntary writhing movements). He also has restricted movement in all four limbs, developmental impairment and relative cognitive function. He requires gastrostomy feeding and is incontinent of urine and bowels requiring nappies 24 hrs a day. Our experts assessed V’s life expectancy as 43 years.

    Graham successfully negotiated an out-of-court settlement of £7.25million to pay for V’s future care and accommodation needs for his lifetime.

    Graham specialises in cerebral palsy cases. If you would like to ask Graham a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury, contact Graham Bell at Thomson Snell & Passmore solicitors on 01892 701358 in confidence.

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    Clinical Negligence Compensation Claims

    We have one of the most well-established and experienced clinical negligence teams in the country. Our clinical negligence lawyers have a reputation for winning complex medical negligence cases and we have helped thousands of people claim compensation.   

    Cerebral palsy claims

    Cerebral palsy claims are among the most complex of clinical negligence claims. We have a long history of dealing with cerebral palsy compensation claims relating to hospitals throughout London, Kent, Sussex and the South East. Contact one of our specialist lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we can investigate your case with the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    Compensation claims on behalf of children

    If your child has been affected by medical negligence in a hospital or GP surgery the incident should be fully and independently investigated. We have successfully made compensation claims for children injured in a wide range of circumstances.

    Claims for general medical problems

    Clinical negligence claims are often highly complex. If you have suffered as a result of negligence at a hospital or GP surgery, our specialist clinical negligence solicitors will investigate your medical negligence claim thoroughly and independently. Contact one of our specialist lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we can investigate your case with the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    Birth injury claims

    Birth injury claims on behalf of children are among the most complex of medical negligence claims. We are specialist in this area and have vast experience of dealing with compensation claims for birth injuries sustained in hospitals throughout London, Kent, Sussex and the South East.

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