Disabled Welwyn Garden City teenager wins �1.4million High Court settlement
A TEENAGER left severely disabled by her traumatic hospital birth has won a �1.4million settlement from an NHS Trust.
Georgia Eloise Hunt was left with cerebral palsy after alleged negligence by maternity ward staff during her mother Janet’s labour at the QE2 Hospital in WGC in 1992.
She suffers from epilepsy, reduced mobility and requires 24-hour care.
After a long-discussed claim against the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, a High Court judge yesterday (Monday) approved a settlement which will see Georgia, from Monks Rise, WGC, receive a lump sum of around �1.4 million and index-linked and tax free payments of �110,000-a-year to cover the costs of her care for as long as she lives.
The trust accepted the settlement without admission of liability.
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Most of the money will be spent a new home specially adapted to Georgia’s needs.
Lawyers for Georgia alleged that greater monitoring of Mrs Hunt during and after Georgia’s birth at QE2 Hospital would have prevented or lessened the extent of the “hypoxic insult” that she suffered to her brain.
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IN awarding the settlement, Mrs Justice Swift praised the family for the quality of care they give Georgia.
“In this case we’ve been very much involved with the matters of detail, the house and financial matters,” she said.
“But I’m well aware that, behind the financial settlement lies a human tragedy, which the family have had to cope with.
“Having read all the reports, I appreciate the difficulties which the family have faced and the various changes and enormous care they have taken to make Georgia’s life as normal and as happy as possible.
“They have given her a good quality of life and I’m sure that will be the case in the future. All I can do is to hope the damages she receives enable the family to have peace of mind and to wish her and her family well for the future.”