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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 19:20 GMT 20:20 UK
Injured woman wins 2m from Trust
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Jayne Warrilow gave birth at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
A woman whose life was ruined by a bladder injury she suffered after the birth of her son has won almost 2m in compensation at London's High Court.

Jayne Warrilow, 39, of Lytham St Annes, Lancs, sued the Norfolk and Norwich NHS Trust over an injury suffered as she gave birth to her son Jacob in 2001.

She said it led to such mental trauma that she was forced to give up her high-flying career.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital claimed she had exaggerated.

At an earlier High Court Mr Justice Langstaff found the hospital liable for her bladder condition, and on Wednesday paved the way for a seven-figure damages pay out.

Exaggeration claims

The judge said mother-of-three Mrs Warrilow had been left so psychologically traumatised by what had happened she should be compensated.

It was the hospital's case that Mrs Warrilow was exaggerating the extent of her psychiatric injuries and, far from being virtually housebound, she enjoyed numerous luxury holidays and shopping sprees.

Mr Justice Langstaff said he found the evidence of Mrs Warrilow and her husband Nick "unreliable" in some respects.

But he added that, having observed Mrs Warrilow in the witness box, he could not reject her evidence as "being totally devoid of merit".

Speaking after the judgement, Mrs Warrilow's solicitor, Colum Smith, hailed her fight for damages as "very brave", and said she had been under intense pressure at the High Court.

As a result of her condition, Mrs Warrilow had to quit her job as business director for the Maier Partnership in Norwich.

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