As any parent knows, when a baby or child is ill it can be a very worrying and stressful time. We put our trust in doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, relying on them to diagnose the symptoms and provide the right course of treatment, or make a swift referral to a specialist if necessary.
On occasions this doesn’t happen, resulting in a need to bring a paediatric (the name given to the area of medicine that deals with illnesses and conditions in children and adolescents) medical or clinical negligence claim.
One of the most significant differences between claims arising in infants, children and young people, as opposed to adults, is that they are still growing up. An illness or injury sustained early in life can often inhibit their development, and have long-lasting effects that can remain with them throughout their lives.
Handling these cases requires a team with the necessary specialist knowledge and skills to assess the case, the medical prognosis of the child, and the impact that their illness or injury is likely to have on their quality of life. This includes being able to identify any care provision they are likely to need over the coming years.
Our specialist understanding of paediatric cases has developed from many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of cases that have arisen from:
- Mismanagement of birth including delay in delivery and failure to recognise complications such as pre-eclampsia
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Failure to identify and adequately treat symptoms of life-threatening illnesses such as meningitis and sepsis
- Failure to diagnose and adequately treat conditions like severe asthma, diabetes and childhood cancers
- Failure to diagnose and treat head injuries, bone injuries such as fractures, or dislocation of the hip
- Surgical error
How we can help if you are considering making a claim
Our team of Medical Negligence solicitors has in-depth experience in dealing with cases of paediatric negligence. We have supported many families through the process of making a successful claim, and secured substantial compensation where children have been the victims of medical negligence.
In addition to our substantial in-house knowledge, we also have access to a wide range of experienced experts and barristers who can assist in bringing your child’s claim to a successful conclusion.
We will do everything we can to ensure your child receives the compensation they are entitled to. In some circumstances we can also arrange any treatment so that, not only are they financially compensated, but also they receive the help they need to assist them in recovering from their injuries.
Call us on 0203 871 9258 or email. After our first meeting, if we think you have a strong case, we will carefully explain how the costs of your claim will be met. This is likely to be on a no-win, no-fee basis.
We are members of the AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel. For further information about this charity for patient safety and justice visit their website avma.org.uk.
We are also members of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers), SCIL (Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers) and the specialist Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel.