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Clinical negligence claim success after 14 years of fighting

A mother in Dorset has finally won her legal battle against The Royal Bournemouth hospital trust and secured compensation of £7.1m for her son who was left severely brain damage as a result of the hospital’s negligence.

Charlie Scott was born with spastic quadriplegic hemiplegic athetoid cerebral palsy as a result of having his umbilical cord wrapped around his shoulders for about 20 minutes while in the womb before his birth. The claimant lawyers argued that the lifelong condition now affecting Charlie was a direct result of the medical negligence of midwives who did not notice the problem, had they realised Charlie’s mother, Clare, could have had an immediate cesarean. Instead Charlie’s brain was without oxygen and he was unable to breath on his own for 55 minutes.This professional negligence claim has been 14 years in the making as a result of the hospital being unwilling to admit liability. But two years ago lawyers for Charlie Scott where able to prove that midwives were at fault and that the outcome would have be different had they taken immediate action.The compensation will be paid annual for the rest of Charlie life in order to give him security and ensure that costs are covered for the care and support that he needs.The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with professional negligence solicitors in Guildford andacross the country.