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NHS Figures show birth injuries to be the biggest area of negligence compensation

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The most common cause of compensation payouts for medical negligence by the NHS were due to errors during maternity, according to recent figures obtained by freedom of information requests.

Serious birth trauma caused by babies being starved of oxygen was the single biggest area of concern contributing significantly to the cost of NHS compensation.

The NHS has paid out almost £1.8 billion over 14 years to the most severe cases of medical negligence for a range of injuries. Of those, the Clinical Negligence Scheme for NHS Trusts paid out £1 million or more in 604 cases – such high damages are only awarded to patients who have suffered the most serious harm.

By far the most common cause of complaints leading to compensation was of medical negligence during maternity.

In the 14-year period researched there were 314 cases of children left with cerebral palsy - a form of damage caused to the brain usually during birth or soon after, resulting in varying degrees of disability.

Pearson Hinchliffe Solicitors have recently concluded a case in which our client, a child who is now 9 years of age, received a total compensation payout of just over £6 million after he suffered cerebral palsy during childbirth leaving him with severe disabilities.

Pearson Hinchliffe specialise in medical negligence law. To speak to a solicitor about a possible case of medical negligence, whether private or NHS, please contact us using the details provided below.

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