Parents Relief As Sons Future Care Secured

Substantial Compensation Awarded Following Hospital Error

09.03.2010

The mother of a Middlesex boy left brain damaged after doctors failed to diagnose a heart condition have expressed relief today following news that funding for his future care had been secured.

Represented by law firm Irwin Mitchell the family of Bradley Perkins attended an approval hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday where Judge Robinson formally awarded the 23 year old £1.2m in compensation, as well as £125,000 in annual periodical payments to ensure his care needs are met for the rest of his life.

Speaking on behalf of the family their Solicitor Holly Young, from Irwin Mitchell’s medical law and patients rights team said: “Bradley’s family are extremely relieved that they are now able to put this matter behind them, safe in the knowledge that he has the funds he needs to ensure he lives as normal a life as possible with his injuries, as well as gain access to the best care and rehabilitation.”

On his 17th birthday Bradley suffered a heart attack and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he was resuscitated.  At this time it was discovered that he had an abnormal heart rhythm and a defibrillator was fitted, but tragically, the damage had already been done. Following his collapse Bradley’s brain had been starved of oxygen and he was left with a permanent brain injury. Had his condition been diagnosed sooner this tragedy could have been prevented.

The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London where Bradley was originally treated has since admitted liability, accepting that they should have referred him to a cardiologist and that if they had done so, it is likely that the heart attack would have been avoided.

Bradley’s mother, Stacey Pritchard said: “No amount of money will ever make up for the life that my son will now never be able to have but it is a huge relief to know that now he will always be well looked after.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us through this process and we are very much looking forward to getting on with our lives. I only hope that lessons will be learnt to ensure no one else has to suffer in the way we have as a result of mistakes being made.”

Ms Young said: “Bradley’s injuries means he will need 24hour care for the rest of his life as well as occupational therapy, to aid with his rehabilitation, for the foreseeable future.

In June 1999 Bradley began to suffer from heavy eyes and tiredness, especially following exercise. In February 2000 his parents consulted a neurologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London.

Amidst concerns that his condition was related to his heart the family were advised that he would be referred to a cardiologist but, as a result of an administrative error, the referral was never made.

Before the incident Bradley was a hard-working, sporty, affectionate young man but following the brain injury his behaviour and temperament changed dramatically. Although he is no longer violent he does still suffer from uninhibited behaviour and memory problems and needs 24 hour care and will never be able to look after himself, socialise normally with friends or fulfil his dream to become an electrician. 

The family will not be available for comment. If you have any questions please contact Ashlea McConnell at the Irwin Mitchell press office on 01142744363, or by e-mail at ashlea.mcconnell@irwinmitchell.com