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Damages For Girl Left Blind Following Negligent NHS Treatment

The High Court has approved a settlement to a child who was left blind after medical staff at the Kettering Hospital NHS Foundation Trust failed to diagnose an eye condition: the trust admitted it was negligent.

The claimant, aged 11, was left blind in both eyes after doctors failed to diagnose the fast deteriorating eye condition, which could have been reversed by early treatment with laser therapy. The NHS trust was found to have failed in diagnosing and treating the eye condition in time.

The NHS trust has admitted its negligence in failing to identify the disease and to initiate steps to treat it.

As reported, on 1 October 2018 at the High Court, Mrs Justice Lambert approved a settlement of damages to be paid to the girl.  The amount of compensation will be decided at a later date. However, we should clarify that it was approval of liability not settlement of the compensation, which will come later.

Louise Tyler and her expert team of Clinical Negligence lawyers represented the girl (and her family).

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Louise is the Head of the Medical Negligence Team working in this area of law for 25 years. She is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, the AvMA (Action for Victims of Medical Accidents) Panel and been appointed to the Executive Committee…