Nottingham

Mansfield man left brain damaged agrees NHS settlement

A Nottinghamshire man left brain damaged at birth has agreed to an out-of-court settlement after taking a negligence case against the NHS.

Mathew Eacott, now 25, of Mansfield, showed no signs of life when he was born, but was revived by medics.

His legal team said if Kings Mill Hospital staff had acted sooner, he would not be so seriously disabled.

He will get an initial £200,000 payment without admission of liability, the High Court heard.

Cerebral palsy

The 25-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy, mobility problems, limited vision, behavioural difficulties and epilepsy.

The health service denied liability for Mr Eacott's injuries and was set to contest a full High Court trial before the settlement.

Paul Rees QC, for NHS East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, said the case was "very difficult" and the outcome could have gone either way if it went to a full trial.

Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Wilkie said: "In those circumstances, the parties are to be congratulated in having the wisdom to settle the case on a compromise basis, rather than put all at risk on a trial."

Mr Eacott's final compensation figure would be negotiated and, if no agreement was reached, the case would return to court, the court heard.

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