Teen wins £6m payout for brain injury at birth

Nathan Harper has cerebral palsy and speech and learning difficulties because of a delay in his delivery at St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth in 1997.

He will receive an initial lump sum followed by annual payments to meet his care needs following the agreed settlement with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. His mother, Karen said: “No amount of money can truly compensate for the impact of Nathan’s injuries on his quality of life, but this settlement will allow us to plan for the future with the confidence that he will always be given the care he needs.” The compensation will go towards the 17-year-old’s ongoing care. Sue Jarvis, who leads the cerebral palsy team at BL Claims Solicitors, which represented the family, said: “This is an excellent settlement which will allow Nathan to buy accommodation, aids and equipment to enable him to be as independent as possible for the rest of his life, as well as providing the care and support which he needs. “Nathan has received loving and dedicated care and support from his mother throughout his life and the award means that Nathan will be able to obtain a degree of independence whilst retaining the close relationship with her.” The settlement comes after Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust accepted that there was a delay in Nathan’s delivery and that as a result, he suffered permanent brain damage. Nathan was delivered after a difficult and lengthy labour and subsequently developed cerebral palsy, causing involuntary movements in all four limbs. He is able to walk unsteadily but tires easily and uses a wheelchair for longer distances. He has achieved a degree of independence even though his hand function is poorly co-ordinated, and he has feeding and speech difficulties.  Read the full story.
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