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Sheffield boy wins NHS compensation after brain damage during birth

Posted in: Birth Injury Head and Brain Injuries Medical Negligence 

A boy that was left with severe brain damage after a birthing complication has been awarded with a substantial NHS compensation package. 14-year-old Bradley Kendall sustained a permanent brain injury during his three-month-premature birth at the Jessop maternity unit in Sheffield. He now requires a great degree of care and will spend the rest of his life partially dependent on the help of others.

Bradley’s parents, William and Joanne, blamed doctors for his brain injury and sued. They accepted a multi-million pound settlement at the High Court in London yesterday. The payout, which remains confidential, will see Bradley’s parents receive a lump sum, followed by annual index-linked and tax-free payments which will cover Bradley’s care costs for the rest of his life. It is not believed by medics that the brain injury will shorten his life.

“Proper provision for Bradley in the long-term”

NHS Trust barrister Benjamin Browne QC said in a hearing that the compensation would guarantee that Bradley is cared for properly. He said: “This settlement accurately reflects the strength of the parties’ case, but will undoubtedly produce proper provision for Bradley in the long-term.

Bradley suffers with mild spastic diplegia and impairment in cognitive function, both of which will continue to affect him for the rest of his life. Bradley and his parents are both relieved and grateful for the NHS compensation package.  Judge Juliet May QC said that she was “satisfied” that the settlement was “in the interests of the claimant”.

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