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Hannigan v North Hertfordshire Health Authority - 17 June 1996
Claimant: Stacie Hannigan, Incident: Medical negligence
Injuries: Claimant left totally blind following failure to check her eyes thoroughly following premature birth; had correct screening been carried out it is believed there would have been 70 per cent chance of saving claimant's sight to an extent that she would have been able to undergo normal education and anticipate normal employment; now she is left with only perception of light and dark, is functionally blind and has no hope of any improvement
Award: £400,000 (agreed damages)
Judge: Mr Justice Wright
Plaintiff's solicitors: Brignalls (Stevenage)
Plaintiff's counsel: Richard Davies QC and Charles Brown
Steinhausen v Plymouth health Authority - 17 June 1996
Claimant: Craig Steinhausen, Incident: Medical negligence
Injuries: Delayed forceps delivery following signs of foetal distress; when born claimant needed resuscitation and did not breathe independently for 10 minutes; as a result he suffers from cerebral palsy
Award: £1.1 million (agreed damages)
Judge: Mr Justice Popplewell
Plaintiff's solicitors: Rowley Ashworth (Exeter)
Plaintiff's counsel: Jeffrey Burke QC and Robert Glancy