A Chester teenager has received a GBP 5.75 million injury compensation payout after a doctor failed to diagnose his fractured skull.
Aaron Blain, now 18, sustained a head injury after his pram tipped over when he was two-years-old, the Stockport Express reports.
He was admitted to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and discharged two days later, after which his parents sought advice from his local GP, fearing his runny nose might indicate a leakage of spinal fluid from his brain.
The doctor diagnosed Aaron with an upper respiratory infection and failed to refer him to hospital, but some time later he developed meningitis, as a result of which he is deaf in one ear and suffers from severe epilepsy.
Aaron’s family have been awarded the injury compensation payment after a week-long court case, although the cost of his care could be almost double what they were awarded.
It follows reports in the Daily Mail that a young mother who was involved in a horse riding accident walked around with a broken neck for two months after her doctors failed to spot it.