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£11m payout for teenager who suffered brain damage after an anaesthetic accident

The Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust has agreed to pay compensation to a teenager who sustained brain damage after an anaesthetic procedure went wrong.  He suffered ‘catastrophic’ brain damage after an operation at the Walsall Manor medical centre.

The plaintiff who is now 17 but was 8 at the time of the surgical procedure in 2006 now needs 24 hour, round-the-clock care from his family.

The NHS Trust has agreed to pay out £11.5 million after accepting full admission of liability.  This includes a lump sum and index-linked and tax-free payments to cover the costs of his care throughout his life.

The judge presiding over the case said he had ‘admiration for all that the boy’s parents have done for him’.

The medical director at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust said: “The Trust always endeavours to provide the highest quality of care to all of its patients. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise once again for the level of care provided on this occasion.

“This was unacceptable and fell well below our aim to provide a consistently first class experience to those who use our services.”

This is a particularly sad situation as a young boys life was changed forever, never to live out his full potential.

At Thorneycroft Solicitors we deal with a wide range of hospital negligence claims and a diverse range of medical injuries as a result of negligent medical care.

We offer a free initial interview in order to review your specific circumstances and assess the viability of your hospital compensation claim. After this, the majority of hospital claims are dealt with on a no win – no fee basis.

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