Teenager wins compensation for brain injury

Hemel Hempstead Hospital staff failed to act quickly when she developed meningitis as a baby.

Lauren Ansell, now 15, was rushed to hospital at eight months old with a persistent high temperature. It was later discovered she had contracted bacterial meningitis because her condition wasn't acted on quickly enough, and she was left profoundly deaf and with permanent disabilities and communication difficulties. A spokesman for Blake Lapthorn, the law firm which represented Lauren, said: "It was Lauren's case that staff at the hospital failed to appreciate how ill she was and tried to send her home. Her mother realised that Lauren was seriously ill and it was only at her insistence that she was kept in hospital overnight. "She did not receive appropriate investigations or treatment and her condition deteriorated so that she developed meningitis and suffered brain damage." Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust admitted that if Lauren had been treated with the appropriate intravenous antibiotics on the day of admission she would have avoided permanent damage. In a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice on May 19 it was ruled that the £6.3 million compensation package money will help take care of Lauren's needs for the rest of her life. Her mother Tracy Dixon said: "It has been a long road to get to this point but now this is settled we are able to be sure that Lauren will be taken care of for the rest of her life. This was all about making sure her needs could be met in the long term." Read the full story.
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