Child Injury Claims

We have an experienced team of lawyers who regularly deal with claims on behalf of children.   There are many reasons why parents contact us on behalf of their children.

Types of claims that we deal with include:

  • Delays by the GP in referring children to hospital for serious illnesses
  • Delays at hospital in diagnosing and treating life threatening illness such as septicaemia/meningitis
  • Failure to diagnose different types of childhood cancers
  • Failure to diagnose and treat undescended testes in baby boys
  • Injuries at school or on a school trip where the correct procedures were not followed

In addition, we deal with many types of claims involving injuries at around the time of birth, such as Cerebral Palsy and Erbs Palsy.

 

In all cases, injuries to children have a profound effect on family life.  We deal with cases sensitively to ensure the best possible result for the child that has been affected and with the least possible intrusion on precious family time.  We provide assistance to families to ensure everyone gets the support and advice that they need.  We will work together with you and your family from the beginning to advise you about bringing a claim and support you through every step of the process.

Many of our clients are also children dealing with lifelong health issues and in the course of routine treatment, things have gone wrong, making an already difficult medical situation even worse.   Parents of children with lifelong illnesses are used to dealing with hospitals and medical staff. Often, care for children in the NHS is excellent but things can go wrong and it can be difficult to trust what you are being told about what happened.  We appreciate that it will be a very stressful time for you and will do all we can to ease the burden of any potential claim against a hospital.  We work quickly to identify why treatment went wrong and what options there are for future treatment.

Many parents do not contact solicitors because they may feel the injury was too long ago to be able to bring a claim.  However, in cases involving children the time limit for bringing a case is three years from their 18th birthday, so to age 21.  If you have any doubts about the time limits, please call us and we will try to help you.  

We understand that when something goes wrong with your child’s care, talking to a solicitor may feel like an additional pressure.  However, dealing with a potential claim as soon as possible may lead to an earlier admission of liability by the GP or hospital, meaning your child might have access to some of their compensation sooner, giving them more options for their future care and rehabilitation.

In cases where children have a brain injury and are unlikely to be able to manage their affairs when they are 18, the Court of Protection often appoints a Deputy on their behalf to manage their compensation awards for them.  We have a dedicated Court of Protection department and Deputies who act on behalf of children and therefore we are able to continue to support our clients even after their claim has finished.

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