Record breaking compensation payout awarded to Sheffield man

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A record breaking compensation payout has been awarded a Sheffield man left paralysed and with cerebral palsy after complications when he was born.

The 25-year-old, who was born at the former Jessops Hospital and can only be referred to as JR, has been awarded a lump sum of almost £8 million plus £293,000 a year for life.

Over the course of his lifetime it is estimated that the compensation payout will reach at least £23.5 million.

The award is the highest ever made for any birth injury claim in England.

Janet Baker who is Head of Switalskis Clinical Negligence Department in Sheffield and a specialist in birth injury and cerebral palsy claims, said the compensation was paid because of 'negligence' at JR's birth.

He was left with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.

He is unable to walk and has limited use of his hands and an intellectual impairment.

JR can speak and make himself understood and can feed himself but is completely dependent on other people for most aspects of daily living.

Lawyers representing Central Sheffield Hospitals Trust, which ran the hospital at the time, accepted that the decision by the medical team at Jessops Hospital not to deliver JR by Caesarean section when he was premature at only 29 weeks and in the breech position, was negligent.

Ms Baker, said: JR is an engaging, funny and remarkable young man. In the time that I have acted for him I have never ceased to be amazed by his sheer determination to overcome his disability and lead as normal a life as possible.

"I am delighted to have helped him to achieve his potential and enjoy life to the full.

"I know that his family are very relieved that the litigation is over and that JR will have financial security for the rest of his life.”