Ipswich Couple Receives £5m Medical Negligence Compensation Payment For Son's Cerebral Palsy

A couple from Ipswich has received £5 million in a medical negligence compensation claim after delays in childbirth caused their son to develop cerebral palsy.

A 30-minute delay starved Joseph Rae’s brain of oxygen in his birth in 2006. Seven years later, Joseph suffers from learning difficulties, seizures and mobility problems as a result of this clinical negligence.

His parents Paul and Helen Rae said the medical negligence compensation payment will pay for all the care Joseph needs for the rest of his life.

They argued that if Joseph had been born just half an hour earlier, he would not have developed cerebral palsy. Their solicitor Tom Cook said that while Joseph is a loving, happy child, he will never be able to financially support himself and will require lifelong therapy and care.

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust admitted liability for Joseph’s birth injuries in 2009 and the final payment was agreed in London’s High Court on October 2nd.

Paul Rees, QC for the NHS Trust, offered a “full and unreserved apology” to the Rae family and said he hoped the clinical negligence compensation settlement will provide the Raes with peace of mind.

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