Court Approves £19 Million Compensation for Severely Brain Damaged Girl

There have been recent reports in the press highlighting a record £19 million pay-out to a nine year old girl left with catastrophic brain damage following negligent NHS treatment.

The girl was born with high levels of bilirubin, which causes jaundice. Her legal team claimed if a total blood transfusion had been provided promptly, permanent damage would have been avoided. The King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust responsible for the treatment admitted 85% liability. The Trust’s barrister advised the case highlighted shortcomings in the care provided, and confirmed the Trust would work hard to ensure this will not happen again in the future.

The Judge approving the compensation award, Sir Robert Francis, noted the girl has severe behaviour difficulties and had “insight” into her condition. She is further likely to have a very long life expectancy. Indeed, had it not been for her injuries, she would have led “a very promising life”. However, she now faces “enormous difficulties” in her life and “no amount of money” could ever compensate her for all she has lost.

The girl will now receive a £6.8 million lump sum, plus annual, index-linked, payments to cover the costs of her care which she will need for the remainder of her life.

Whilst the press appears to have concentrated on the record amount of compensation approved in this case, they fail to mention that no amount of compensation can fully ‘compensate’ a person left with catastrophic brain injury. In addition, there is more to a claim than compensation. Quite often the vast majority of claims relate to seeking the cost of treatment, rehabilitation and care that an injured person may need (whether for the short term or for life). We, at Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd, are frequently approached on tragically catastrophic cases concerning substandard treatment; our priority is in securing the best possible outcome for clients no matter how devastating their losses are.