The healthcare system in the UK is one of the best in the world. However, news unfortunately suggests that the number of medical negligence claims in the country has generally increased. As a result of this, the funds set aside by the NHS for medical negligence cases has more than doubled in the last five years. The largest payouts have been associated with medical negligence that resulted in horrific injuries and permanent damage.
HERE ARE FIVE OF THE BIGGEST MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE PAYOUTS IN UK HISTORY:
1. Six-year-old boy with “Catastrophic” Brain Damage
In 2018, a six-year-old boy was awarded the sum of £37 million from the NHS after he suffered a “catastrophic” brain damage. The boy, who cannot be identified, contracted the Herpes Simplex virus after his birth at Watford General Hospital. Following a two-day delay in the detection and treatment of the infection, the boy suffered severe brain fever.
Today, he suffers permanent damage to his eyesight, communication abilities, movement and cognitive function, and requires round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.
The hospital admitted medical negligence, stating that they were ‘acutely sorry’ for the below-par standard of care the boy received. The value of the compensation award over the boy’s lifetime amounts to over £37 million — a figure medical negligence UK experts believe is the largest payout in UK history.
2. Seven-year-old-boy left Brain Damaged Due to Negligence
In October 2018, a substantial medical negligence payout was secured after it was determined that a seven-year-old boy suffered brain damage following delayed birth at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. The child suffers acute mental and physical disabilities, and will receive professional care for the rest of his life.
The hospital admitted medical negligence and the trust apologized to the child’s family.
The compensation amount, which includes a lump sum of £5.7 million and significant annual payments of £88,0000 to £200,000, will come up to around £27 million. This medical negligence claims settlement will increase as the child ages and his needs increase; it will cover the cost of his significant needs for the rest of his life.
3. Maisha Najeeb
Maisha Najeeb became a victim of medical negligence when she was only 10 years old. While receiving treatment for arterio-venous malformation at Great Ormond Street Hospital, glue was injected into her brain artery in place of dye. This mix-up in the operating room left her brain damaged. Consequently, she became blind in one eye, suffered spasmic pain, her body movement became severely limited, and ultimately, the error impacted her life expectancy.
There was no system in place to distinguish the syringes containing the dye from the syringes containing the glue, and this left her needing assistance for the rest of her life.
Upon learning about the impact of that mix-up on their daughter’s life, Maisha’s parents decided to seek the help of medical negligence solicitors and pursue a claim for compensation against Great Ormond Street Hospital. The hospital admitted liability and the family received an initial compensation award of £2.8 million, plus £383,000 per year until Maisha turns 19, and £423,000 per year for the rest of her life.
Based on the assumption that she receives this amount until she turns 64, the total settlement figure stands at £24 million.
4. £23 million Lifetime Settlement Award for Cerebral Palsy
A baby girl, referenced as IBC, suffered Cerebral palsy due to errors during her birth at Royal Berkshire hospital in 2005. At the time of the settlement, it was confirmed that, IBC aged 12, would continue to suffer epilepsy, learning difficulties and life-threatening seizures.
Steve McManus, the chief executive of Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, admitted medical negligence in this case, stating that the standard of care provided was below the hospital’s expected standard. As a result of this life-altering circumstance, the family was awarded an initial lump sum, as well as a staggering amount to take care of her continual care.
This figure is valued at around £23 million — one of the largest medical negligence claims payouts in the UK.
5. 20-year-old Woman Awarded 19.8 million at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Following an operation to correct a malformed oesophagus, a child aged just five months old was starved oxygen and developed complications as a result. The girl, now 20, is seriously disabled as she wasn’t given oxygen for 30 minutes when she was hospitalized. She suffered respiratory arrest and “turned blue” due to the inadequate ventilation.
Sadly, the 5-month old was severely brain damaged and will require round-the-clock care for the rest of her life. An upfront medical negligence payment of £2.1 million was awarded for her care, with yearly payments of £203,000 throughout her life. Considering her life expectancy, this settlement is valued at £19.8 million.
Could You Be Entitled to a Compensation?
If you or your loved one have been a victim of medical negligence, you may be able to pursue a medical negligence claim. Medical negligence cases include everything from minor errors in the emergency room to life-changing birth injuries and, depending on the severity of the injury, the claimant will be awarded a settlement that caters their significant needs.
While medical negligence can result in life-changing injuries which no amount of money can fully compensate, a financial compensation will help the victim receive the treatment they need for the rest of their life.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us at Medical Negligence Direct if you believe you or your loved one have been mistreated during medical care. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors will assess your case and let you know whether you can make a claim on a No win no fee.