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Compensation Awarded For Birth Injury

A woman has been awarded compensation amounting to £725,000 after mistakes by medical staff during her son’s birth meant that he was born with a permanent disability, reports the BBC.

The woman gave birth at the now closed Law Hospital in South Lanarkshire in 1999. The Court of Session in Edinburgh heard claims that the midwife in charge of the delivery had acted negligently by not following the correct procedures when the baby appeared to get stuck.

Instead of summoning help, which she should have done when the problem became apparent, she kept going with her own attempts to deliver the baby. According to the BBC report, she pulled the baby out in a way that was described by the mother as “pretty violent”, and likened to taking part in a “tug of war”.

As a result, the baby was born with a severe injury to his right shoulder, which has left him with a permanent disability.

The Court of Session judge found that the midwife’s actions amounted to negligence and awarded the compensation, which is to be paid by Lanarkshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

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