Meningitis Case - £4m Awarded

The hospital concerned had already admitted responsibility for the client's condition, but had disputed the level of compensation.

At a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge MacDuff QC assessed the total compensation at £3,933,312.

The failed diagnosis led the claimant to suffer severe and irreversible brain damage leaving him with the mental age of an 18-month-old child and no real memory.

As a result he lives for "the here and now" and in spite of his condition is said to be an extremely contented and extremely loving young man.

Due to what was described as the client's mother's "extraordinary selflessness", he had reached the age of 22 before she approached Lanyon Bowdler at the firms Shrewsbury Office.

A specialist in personal injury and clinical negligence, said the case showed it was possible to gain compensation after many years.

At the age of three months the claimant was misdiagnosed with convulsions and a respiratory infection and prescribed penicillin. When his condition deteriorated he was referred to another hospital where the correct diagnosis of meningitis was made, but it was too late.