Has your child suffered as a result of the negligence of healthcare providers?
Medical negligence in children can be complex and covers a wide range of types of claims. This includes but is not limited to:
Missed and delayed diagnosis, including meningitis
Birth injuries (including cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy)
The effects of negligence on children as opposed to adults can be huge, because children are still in their formative years. This means that damages or injuries sustained as a result of negligence can inhibit their development, leading to a more severe outcome than if they were an adult.
We understand that the process of bringing a claim in medical negligence is complex and daunting, but our team have a wealth of healthcare experience and legal expertise. We can help you and your child through this complicated process. Our aim is to ensure that we obtain the compensation necessary for the pain and suffering your child has been through, and provide for any future care and rehabilitation needs that may be required.
Frequently asked questions
Who can bring a claim on behalf of a child?
Children under the age of 18 cannot bring a claim because they are too young. Instead, an adult who is their parent or guardian can bring a claim on their behalf. The time limit for a pediatric claim is applied slightly differently, because the 3 year rule only applies from when they turn 18. This means a claim can be started at any time following the injury, or the date from which the injury has been discovered prior to the child turning 18.
How is compensation paid for my child’s injuries?
The amount of compensation paid for your child’s injuries has to be approved by the court. This happens regardless of whether or not the defendant responsible for your child’s injury admits liability. The compensation is paid into what is called a Special Investment Account and is paid out when the child reaches the age of 18. In some cases, usually those in which the child’s care needs are complex, payments can be released before they turn 18 to help cover care and rehabilitation costs.