Case study negligent neonatal care causes cerebral palsy and hearing loss
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Negligent Neonatal Care Causes Cerebral Palsy & Hearing Loss

Last Updated: 26th Apr 2024
Birth Injury Claims

After Baby M was born prematurely, failures to identify and manage their blood acidity levels and blood pressure sadly led to Cerebral Palsy and hearing loss. To help support our client’s future, see how we secured a fair and just settlement for his family.

Jessica Wright - Senior Medical Solicitor
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Baby M was born prematurely at 27 weeks and 5 days. He was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit and ventilated. There he developed a metabolic acidosis, which can happen. He also had low blood pressure and hyperbilirubinaemia. None of these was recognised for around 24 hours, so treatment was delayed. Subsequently, Baby M has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and he is profoundly deaf.

The birth injury claim was pursued on the basis that there was a negligent failure to diagnose and manage Baby M’s acidosis, hypotension and hyperbilirubinaemia during the neonatal period. Due to this, he suffered a significant brain injury leading to Cerebral Palsy and deafness.


Breach of duty was admitted following a Letter of Claim and court proceedings were then issued and judgment was entered for Baby M with damages to be assessed. His medical negligence claim was settled shortly before the quantum trial for a lump sum of £7,332,000, plus periodical payments for care and general damages of £330,000

This case was led by Jessica Wright.

NOTE: While our case studies are designed to give an indication of the outcomes that can be achieved in these circumstances, the compensation awarded in individual cases can vary significantly due to a range of factors, including effects on life expectancy, the severity of the negligence that took place, and the financial impact.

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