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Eight-year-old girl awarded more than £13m in damages after hospital blunders

An eight-year-old girl has been awarded more than £13m in damages after being left disabled by medical blunders at a Lancashire hospital.

The girl, referred to only as “HS” in court, was born in 2006 at Royal Preston Hospital suffering from a streptococcal infection.

The court was told that medics negligently failed to diagnose or treat her until it was too late, leading to meningitis, the BBC reports.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has previously admitted liability and the High Court was told the failure to diagnose the streptococcal infection led to the onset of the potentially fatal condition.

It left her quadriplegic, almost blind, with cerebral palsy and behavioural difficulties and unable to ever live independently or work, the court in London was told.

Mr Justice William Davies ordered that she received the money to cover her past and future care, plus specialist equipment and therapies.

He said she functions at the level of a one-year-old baby and can barely see.

Although HS can move her body a little, she has no independent mobility and her intellect is profoundly impaired, she cannot speak and has very limited ability to interact with the world around her.

The court was told that she is expected to live to about the age of 49.

William Featherby QC, the family’s barrister, told the court it was “a tragic case” and her “catastrophic” mental and physically disabilities had made her the “agonisingly demanding focal point” for her parents.

He said her “unpredictable crying fits”, which can last for hours, have had a serious impact on the lives of her two siblings.

Mr Featherby said: “She has fits of high-pitched screaming, kicking, scratching, pinching, grabbing and involuntary movement at odd times, and these can be prolonged and distressing.”

Karen Partington, chief executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which runs the Preston hospital, said: “We have offered our apologies to the child and her family and sincerely regret we did not provide the standards of care we should have.

“We have conducted a rigorous investigation and have since made a number of changes to our processes.”

If you have suffered an injury in an accident in the workplace that was not your fault then you could be entitled to compensation.

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