A Lancashire teenager has been awarded medical negligence compensation, which could run into millions of pounds.
The Lancashire Evening Post is reporting that seventeen year old Laura May, of Chorley, was admitted to the Royal Preston Hospital in 2005 for corrective surgery to her spine but ended up paralysed from the chest down following the operation.
Laura and her family launched a claim for medical negligence compensation against the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and were awarded damages thought to be in the region of £3 million at the High Court in London.
The court was told that surgeon Roger Battersby Smith was negligent by failing to use appropriate imaging techniques before the operation and had also misplaced a screw during surgery.
A spokesperson from the NHS Trust stated that they were pleased that the court had approved the agreed compensation package and added that the Trust deeply regretted the injuries caused.
Laura’s parents Christine and Bill said that nothing could be done now to repair their daughters’ body but the compensation would ensure that she would receive the best possible standard of care.
Laura is currently studying for her A Levels and the determined teenager said she is looking forward to going to university.