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Disabled Girl Can Move into £1.6 Million Home

Published: 17 August 2014, in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Disabled Girl Can Move into £1.6 Million Home

Lawyers representing an eight-year-old girl, who was left catastrophically disabled by the admitted negligence of hospital staff during her birth, have won her a £1.6 million down-payment on her damages to fund the purchase of a new home.

The little girl had been left brain damaged and ‘profoundly disabled’, both physically and mentally, due to the mismanagement of her birth. The NHS Trust responsible for the hospital had admitted full liability for her injuries.

The Trust had already made interim payments totalling £700,000 to cover the costs of the girl’s care pending a final assessment of her damages. However, her family had been forced to move out of their home, which was entirely unsuitable for her needs, and were living in precarious rented accommodation.

The family had no choice but to live in an expensive part of West London, in proximity to the girl’s special school, and had put in a £1.6 million offer on a house which was large enough to meet her needs and to accommodate her carers. In directing a further interim payment to fund that purchase in full, the Court found that there was ‘a real and urgent need for accommodation now’.

The girl was expected to live into her mid-70s and would require a full-time team of carers throughout her life. The Court noted that, following a final assessment of her damages, she was likely to receive a lump sum of at least £3 million, plus index-linked and tax-free annual payments which would never run out.

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