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We have specialist Medical Negligence Claim Solicitors ready to help you across the UK
Children Medical Negligence
How to claim if your child is injured through medical negligence
If your child has been injured in any way through the negligent actions (or inaction) of a medical professional, then it's only natural to go through a range of emotions; anger, sadness, frustration, betrayal. But it's important to realise that you can obtain justice for your child, compensation for their injuries and financial help with any short-term or long-term care they may need as a result.
Is my child eligible for a medical negligence claim?
In short, if your child has suffered injury, loss or suffering because of a breach of duty of care by doctors or nurses, you can make a claim on their behalf. Such a breach may be caused by an avoidable accident, by staff who are not adequately trained, as a result of malfunctioning equipment or through delays and failures in diagnosing childhood conditions and illnesses.
Many claims for medical negligence involving children stem from injuries sustained during the birth itself, or during the subsequent care. This type of claim is known as a birth injury. One of the most common types of birth injury is Cerebral Palsy, which is a form of brain damage often caused by a lack of oxygen that may be a result of the negligent actions of those responsible for delivering the child.
Take the first step
Making a medical negligence claim is an incredibly complex process, but in the right hands it can feel effortless as far as you're concerned. The first step in pursuing a medical negligence claim for your child is to find a solicitor who specialises in those types of injury claims. They will not only be able to bring their experience to bear in the pursuit of your claim, but can also guide you through each step of making a claim. The first thing they do is assess whether you have a valid claim, and how likely it is that you will be successful.
Are there any time limits for making a child medical negligence claim?
For most other types of injury claim there is a strict time limit of three years, but when making a claim on behalf of a child it works a little differently. As the child's parent or legal guardian you may initiate a claim on their behalf at any point up till their 18th birthday. Once the child turns 18, they then have a further three years to make a claim themselves.
However, it is always advisable to make a claim as soon as possible, as this may increase the likelihood of the claim being a success (witnesses and records are easier to trace, for example), and if you need financial assistance to care for your child you can get the support you need quickly.
What can I claim for?
Your solicitor should be able to give you an idea of the kind of damages you are able to claim for in your specific case, including the amounts you are likely to receive. You may be able to claim for any continuing costs arising through specialist treatment needed for your child, any pain or loss they have suffered or continue to suffer, and any long term consequences which will affect them later in life, such as the inability to work.
Let Us Help You
If you would like 1stClaims' expert Medical Negligence Solicitors on your side please call us free on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01348 630 720) or complete our Free Claim Enquiry form now and we will be in touch with you very soon.
Remember, all initial enquiries are completely free of charge and the solicitor will investigate all funding options for you.
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What Happens Next?
Complete a Quick Claim Enquiry and this is what you will benefit from:
- Advice on whether you can make a claim and how the claims process works from a specialist claims solicitor;
- Compensation - what can you claim for and how much are you likely to receive;
- Costs - whether you will qualify for a no win no fee claim or details of other methods for funding your claim; and
- An explanation of what will happen next if you decide to carry on and make a claim (how your solicitor will take care of everything for you).
All on a free, no obligation Quick Claim Enquiry Advice Call.
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