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Boy Receives Compensation for Brain Damage

An 11-year-old boy has been awarded compensation amounting to around £13 million for brain damage he sustained at his birth, reports the BBC.

The boy was born at Walsall Manor Hospital, West Midlands, but suffered abnormally low sugar levels after his birth that medical staff reportedly failed to treat.

As a result of this failing, the boy sustained serious brain damage and his brain will apparently never develop beyond that of a six-year-old. He will never be able to work and will be reliant on care for the rest of his life.

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Council fined over swing safety failure

An English council has been fined £18,000 after a ten-year-old boy sustained severe head injuries while he was playing on a tyre swing in an park, reports the BBC.

Jamie Jackson was hit on the head when the swing’s suspension mechanism collapsed and landed on top of him. He received a fractured skull and his injuries were described as “potentially life threatening” by the Health and Safety Executive.

Blackpool Council had apparently been warned on four separate occasions that the swing was faulty and in need of repair. It pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety legislation and apologised for the incident.

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