A total of £6m compensation has been awarded to a boy who suffered a brain injury due to complications in his birth.
Joseph O’Reggio – now 11 years old – was born at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton during April 2011. During his birth, Joseph suffered from oxygen starvation to the brain. This has left him with cerebral palsy.
The cerebral palsy and brain injury has left Joseph with severe learning difficulties. He also has extensive care needs, as he is unable to feed himself, and unable to talk.
It is reported that Joseph’s family made a compensation claim against the NHS Trust responsible for the hospital, arguing that staff negligence resulted in the injuries occurring. His legal team argued that medical staff should have noticed the signs of distress earlier.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has not admitted liability. It has however apologised and admitted there was a breach of duty. The Trust is reported to have agreed to settle the claim on the basis that they pay 80% of the claims valuation.
Joseph will still reportedly receive millions of pounds in compensation due to the seriousness of his injuries. The money will cover the cost of his care for the rest of his life. It will also cover the cost of any specialist equipment he needs to help him get the most out of life