Girls wins hospital meningitis failure case

The girl can expect a multimillion-pound clinical negligence payout, lawyers have said.

The now 15-year-old suffered permanent brain damage in 2006, the High Court heard. Two hospital doctors diagnosed tonsillitis and sent the child home despite a GP's note suggesting she had meningitis. Mr Justice Johnson ruled University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust was liable for the "breach of duty". The trust said it regretted the girl's "adverse outcome". University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust said it had defended the case on the basis that it was reasonable for clinicians not to diagnose meningitis in the light of a diagnosis of tonsillitis. It added: "Whilst the Trust acknowledges that any damages agreed in the future will never fully compensate the claimant for her pain, suffering and loss, the Trust hopes that any such damages will make the claimant's life more comfortable.
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