Brain Damage Compensation after 45 years

Birth Injury in 1967

A woman who was left with severe learning difficulties due to hospital mismanagement of her birth in 1967 has, more than four decades later, received over £4 million in compensation.  Her case is believed to date back further than almost any other of its kind.


Susanne Turner, who is now aged 45, was left with brain damage after staff at Buchanan Street Hospital in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, delayed a caesarean section during her mother’s labour.  As a result baby Susanne was starved of oxygen.  She was not breathing when born and though resuscitated several minutes later, oxygen deprivation had already caused her severe brain damage.


Susanne who has grown up with permanent severe learning difficulties and her parents never realised that she was entitled to compensation, until they read a story involving a similar case.  After finally making her claim, the NHS authority responsible for the now-closed hospital admitted liability for Ms Turner’s brain damage and the High Court has approved a £4.2m settlement.  This is a mix of annual payments and a lump sum payment that will be used for her benefit under the protection of a Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection.  Click here to read more about the Court of Protection and Deputies.


Whilst injury claims usually have to be brought within three years of an accident or knowing that it caused injury, where the injured person like Susanne lacks mental capacity the law is far more flexible, as it is also for children.

Head Injury UK

In the case of serious brain injury where the injured victim lacks mental capacity, it is never too late to investigate a potential claim.  At Head Injury UK our specialist brain injury lawyers are experienced in handling brain injury claims, some of which happened many years ago.  So if you or someone close to you has been affected by a brain injury, please contact Clare Langford to discuss how she can help you.


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