The parents of a disabled girl are making a birth injury compensation claim against the NHS after serious errors occurred during labour.
Harriet Riley was born at Royal Gwent Hospital in June 2002. Her parents are claiming that negligence and errors made by medical staff during the labour have left their daughter seriously disabled. Harriet suffered from a starvation of oxygen at birth, which has left her with numerous health troubles.
Harriet suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, conditions which leave her unable to move of her own accord and unable to speak. She is fed by tube and requires round the clock care.
Now the South Wales Argus newspaper is reporting that the parents have submitted a claim for compensation at the High Court. In it they argue that errors were made in the 15 hour induced labour. Amongst numerous claims of negligent care they received, they allege that staff failed to monitor Harriet’s heart rate correctly.
The claim has been made against Aneurin Bevan Health Board – formerly Gwent Healthcare Trust- and will be decided some time in the future. Although no figure has been reported for possible compensation damages, due to the severity of the injuries, a successful claim will result in a substantial figure awarded. Similar cases have resulted in a large lump sum payment coupled with annual payments to cover the cost of expensive extensive care.