A young boy is set to receive £27million in compensation from the NHS after being born at the Vic with severe disabilities ‘due to a delay in his delivery.’
The boy suffers from acute mental and physical disabilities and is currently being cared for at home by his father.
The family’s lawyer, William Featherby QC, told the court the boy’s father could not afford the train fare to attend the hearing.
The settlement means the boy will now get professional care for the rest of his life.
He will receive a £5.7m every year to cover the costs of his care for life, plus inflation linked and tax free payments.
These payments will start at £88,000 a year, until the boy turns 11, before rising to £125,000 until his 19th birthday.
They will then increase again to £200,000 a year for the rest of the boy’s life.
The judge paid tribute to the father calling him a ‘deeply conscientious man who has lavished care and attention on his family.’
She added: ‘His son loves stories, cartoons and soft toys and he plainly brings a great deal of joy into his father’s life.’
Mr Featherby said Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust admitted liability for his injuries ‘at an early stage’.
The hospital trust is yet to comment on the case.