Asons Comment on Hospital Errors that Left New Born with Cerebral Palsy

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The family of eight year old Hollie McDowall, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, have raised concerns about the standard of care in the Coventry University Hospital, fearing they haven’t learnt from past mistakes (1).

The claims made in this report highlight how over stretched and underfunded the NHS has become.

Maryellen McDowall, Hollies mother, was admitted to the University hospital maternity ward in 2005, following the initial stages of her labour (1). As per Ms McDowall’s account of events, the hospital staff looking after her failed to act on the realisation that her baby was no longer moving as normal (1).

As a result of the medical error, Hollie was starved of oxygen during birth, and she now suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy, which requires 24 hour care (1).

Speaking on the hospital errors that led to Hollies condition, Suzanne Yates, from Cerebral Palsy Claims specialists, Asons Solicitors, said:

“The damage that can be caused by just a few moments of negligent care is frightening. Now, because of the errors of the hospital staff, Hollie now demands 24 hour care and assistance. Essentially, she has been robbed of leading an independent life.

If Hollie’s delivery had been managed with the care and attention expected, there is a chance that she would have had a safe birth, avoiding any injury.”

I understand that Hollies family must have faced unprecedented stress and upset after the birth, and although it won’t take back the physical and emotional damaged caused, filing for cerebral palsy compensation will help fund the care Hollie needs to lead a fulfilled life.”

Speaking to the BBC about the hospitals recent admission of medical negligence (1), and the subsequent settlement of cerebral palsy compensation, Ms McDowall expressed her concerns that the hospital has not learnt from their mistakes. Amidst her distress, she elaborated on her want for the hospital to release evidence accessible to the public. It is believed, that providing details of the measures being taken to avoid any further incidents, will lower the prevalence of birth injuries (1).

Ms Yates continued to say:

“I think Ms McDowall’s suggestions are valid. Hospitals should be held accountable for their mistakes, keeping the public informed of the initiatives being taken, ensuring mistakes are not repeated. Patients shouldn’t have to suffer as a result of substandard care.”

When negligence during labour, or pregnancy, causes substantial suffering or injury, you may be entitled to make a claim for cerebral palsy compensation. The damages recovered can give the sufferer the opportunity to receive the highest level of care, supporting them for the entirety of their life. If you have been affected by hospital negligence, you may wish to talk to a solicitor, and Asons specialise in claims of this kind. To find out more information visit or phone 01204 521 133 to speak to one of their solicitors.


(1)    BBC News, Payout to Maryellen McDowall for errors during birth of baby Hollie, 07/10/2013

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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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