Teen with brain damage wins £2.6m compensation from Lincoln hospital

A teenage boy who suffered severe brain damage during his birth at Lincoln County Hospital has won £2.65 million in compensation.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered severe cerebral palsy due to being starved of oxygen while being born in the 1990s.

Lawyers believe when he was born, he was barely able to breathe due to a brief period of hypoxia during delivery.

Despite his condition, which limits his movements, the High Court in London heard that he is a bright and determined boy.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) denied liability for his delivery, stating midwives worked “diligently”, but agreed to the multi-million settlement.

ULHT will now pay the boy an upfront sum of £2.65 million, plus extra annual, index-linked and tax-free payments rising to £200,000 by the time he reaches his early 20s.

The High Court judge, Mrs Justice Swift, described the settlement as “common sense” and praised both the boy and his parents for their bravery.