Linda Hartman with her daughter Paige Nicotra.
Linda Hartman with her daughter Paige Nicotra. Warren Lynam

Coast woman awarded $6m after brain damage as a kid

COAST woman Paige Nicotra who suffered severe brain damage as a toddler after delayed treatment at a Queensland hospital has been awarded $6 million in compensation.

A Supreme Court judge ordered the State Government to pay Paige $5.4 million in damages and $600,000 in management fees.

Paige, now 20, was 15 months old when she suffered a seizure and was admitted to Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital.

She was diagnosed with herpes simplex encephalitis and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, which acted on behalf of Paige and her mother, guardian Linda Hartman, alleged proper treatment was delayed.

They argued the delay caused Paige a significant brain injury and she was left suffering multiple disabilities, including intellectual and visual impairments, uncontrollable epilepsy and she had to be fed via a stomach tube and was non-verbal.

Lawyers described the compensation amount required as a very significant sum, to cover 24-hour care Paige requires for the rest of her life.

The Daily last year covered Ms Hartman's battle to have Paige stay in school, after she was told her daughter was too old for Currimundi Special School.

Ms Hartman was devastated and frustrated after the Education Department told her Paige had already achieved a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement and there were no other educational outcomes she could accomplish.


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