Parklane Plowden clinical negligence barrister succeeds in brain injury trial worth up to £20m

Parklane Plowden clinical negligence barrister succeeds in brain injury trial worth up to £20m

A specialist clinical negligence barrister from Leeds and Newcastle-based Parklane Plowden Chambers has won a trial in a claim that may be worth up to £20 million.

Howard Elgot (pictured) represented the claimant against Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The case centred on an allegation that an obstetrician failed to give appropriate advice after being told that the mother was worried about reduced fetal movements. This led to the child being left with serious brain injuries.

According to Parklane Plowden, this is one of the year’s biggest and most significant fully contested clinical negligence liability trials. The full judgment can be read here.

The trial took place over three days in London’s High Court before Justice Cotter. He was told by the defendant NHS trust’s barrister during the handing down of the judgment that no offers of settlement had been made to the claimant by the trust at any time during the litigation process.

Commenting on the settlement, Howard said: “I am extremely happy for the client and his family. They have been involved in this litigation for many years and I pay credit to their patience and perseverance in the light of the stubborn refusal of the Trust to countenance settlement of the claim on any terms.”

Howard was instructed by Chris Moore, joint head of the clinical negligence practice at London, Hull and Manchester-based Hudgell Solicitors.

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