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Dontay Crooks

November 20, 2011

An Oxford boy left brain damaged after complications during his birth has been given £1m compensation.

The John Radcliffe Hospital has also agreed to provide six-year-old Dontay Crooks annual payments for the rest of his life.

Dontay has severe cerebral palsy and requires constant care.

A spokesperson for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust said it hoped the settlement would “assist him to reach his potential”.

Dontay will receive £50,000 per year until he is 11 when the payments rise to £80,000.

By 18 he will receive £140,000 each year for the rest of his life.

‘Visual impairment’

The child’s lawyer, Sue Jarvis, was “delighted” by the settlement which she said meant the child’s mother would not have the stress of having to go to court.

Explaining Dontay’s condition to the BBC she said: “He has severe cerebral palsy which means he has little control over his limbs. He can’t walk.

“He has severe visual impairment – he can see light and dark but very little else – he has severe learning difficulties and he has epilepsy.”

The hospital trust spokesman said: “We can confirm that a settlement of a claim was reached on 13 October 2011 and that this has now been approved by the High Court.

“The trust hopes that the settlement, along with the high level and care devotion provided by the child’s mother and extended family, will assist him to reach his potential. We wish him and his family the best for the future.”

In August it was revealed more cash was paid out in damages on behalf of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust than any other in England during 2010/11.

A total of £15.3m, including legal fees, for cases of clinical negligence was paid.

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