Oxygen Deprivation During Birth – Baby G
Category: Birth Injury Claims
Last Updated: 16th Nov 2020
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Baby G was born following a prolonged second stage of labour during which there was inadequate monitoring of his heartrate. This included a failure to record when the second stage started, a failure to seek an obstetric review when contractions slowed down and a failure to note that the mother had developed a temperature.
When Baby G was delivered, he required resuscitation and then ventilation. He experienced seizures within hours of birth and was subsequently diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy as a result of being starved of oxygen in the period immediately before his birth.
The claim was pursued on the basis that proper monitoring of Baby G by CTG would have led to him being delivered before he suffered any injury as a result of oxygen deprivation.
Initially the Defendants denied both breach of duty and causation and proceedings were issued. Shortly before exchange of expert evidence, it was agreed that judgment should be entered for Baby G for 85% of the full value of the claim. Following investigations into quantum, the claim settled shortly before trial for £2,700,000 lump sum, periodical payments for future care, special damages of £5,800,100 and general damages of £300,000.
This case was led by Alan Mendham.
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