A ten-year-old child, who was brain damaged at birth due to alleged hospital malpractice, has won his battle for medical negligence compensation.
Joseph O’Reggio from was born in April 2001. Before his delivery, Mr Justice Tugendhat was told at London´s High Court, Joe was deprived of oxygen and suffered brain damage as a result.
The results of this birth injury left Joe suffering from cerebral palsy, wheelchair bound and suffering from severe learning difficulties. The Court was also told how Joe is not able to speak or feed himself.
It was alleged in an medical negligence compensation action against the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust that medical staff should have realised earlier that Joe was in distress and brought forward his delivery.
Though the NHS Trust did not accept that Joe´s injuries were caused by medical negligence, they agreed on the day prior to the trial was due to commence to admit 80 per cent liability for the claim, which will now go for assessment of damages.
Mr Justice Tugendhat gave approval for the medical negligence compensation agreement, stating his sympathy and best wishes to Joe´s parents.