Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Compensation case results in £1.7m award

A young girl, who was found to have cerebral palsy shortly after her birth, has had a compensation settlement of £1.7m approved in the High Court.

Deborah French, aged 24), was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after her birth in August 1987. Her parents brought a claim for birth injury compensation against consultant obstetrician Harry Murphy and the Health Board, alleging that Dr Murphy had been negligent in the lead up to and during Deborah’s birth.

The case was settled with no admission of liability by the defendants, a course of action supported by Mr Justice John Quirke as he approved the settlement, stating that the conflicting opinions offered by medical experts may have put the family at risk of getting nothing in a trial.

The judge recommended that the funds be allocated to Deborah’s parents – Ann and John French – in annual increments of £120,000.