NHS Ipswich Hospital Agrees to Pay Life Time Care Package to Boy Because of Midwives Mistakes

NHS Ipswich Hospital Agrees to Pay Life Time Care Package to Boy Because of Midwives Mistakes

An 11 year old boy who has suffered lifelong injuries has won compensation from Ipswich Hospital because of mistakes made by midwives during his birth eleven years ago.
Benjamin Garwood was born in 2002 and because of preventable complications during his birth he now suffers from Erb’s Palsy which is a form of paralysis caused by nerve damage in the arms. His condition means that he now needs help and for the rest of his life to be able to carry out even basic day to day tasks.
In 2011 the NHS Ipswich Hospital Trust admitted full responsibility for Benjamin’s condition. Following on from their admission of liability for the midwives mistakes the settlement was reached on 24th June where it was approved at High Court London by her Honour Judge Swift. The damages won will be used to pay for special therapies his care and future loss of earnings.
The Trust gave the family a full apology which was well received by the lawyers. The lawyers explained that the Trust needs to demonstrate that lessons have been learnt as a preventative measure to ensure that incidents like this wouldn’t occur again.
An investigation was created to discover what had happened to Benjamin and they found that even though the midwives knew that during his birth his arm had become stuck they didn’t take preventative measures and follow basic procedures that would have resulted in a safe delivery and prevented him from being injured.
The Trust admitted that the midwives didn’t move his mother Alison into the correct position put internal manoeuvres into practice or alert an obstetrician in a reasonable time period.
Because of this due to the midwives mistakes when he was born Benjamin wasn’t breathing and had limp arms. The Doctors later gave the diagnosis of Erb’s Palsy this condition means that his movement is restricted and is unable to do many everyday things.
His mother Alison is now Benjamin’s full time carer told Heart that he hasn’t let it stop him enjoying life;
“Benjamin in many ways is a normal little boy. He attends local school plays computer games and has a keen interest in woodwork (although he is limited in terms of what he can do with both arms). But unlike other eleven-year-olds he struggles to do things that most kids take for granted.”
Much like the lawyers Alison hopes that Benjamin’s ordeal hasn’t gone unnoticed;
“To know that his injuries could and should have been prevented continues to be difficult to come to terms with. I only hope that lessons will now be learnt from what happened to us and my son to ensure that no other families ever have to suffer in the same way.”
If you or a family member has suffered as a result of negligent or inadequate treatment or care received in hospital please contact the Medical Negligence department at Michael Lewin Solicitors on 0844 844 9866 for free advice and consultation on your prospective case.
Read the original article here http://www.heart.co.uk/suffolk/news/local/ipswich-hospital-pay-damages-midwives-mistakes/

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