A child medical negligence claim is brought when a young person has suffered an injury as a result of substandard healthcare. This may have resulted in them feeling pain, needing further procedures to correct the first, or an injury which will be with them for life. As children are too young to make a claim personally, they need it to be done on their behalf by an adult. This adult can be their parent, grandparent, close friend or family member. During the legal process, the adult will be called a ‘litigation friend’ and will act in the best interests of the child. This adult will be a go-between for the child, communicating their feelings and views.
At Accident Advice Helpline we are committed to getting each of our customers access to expert legal advice and representation. As children are some of the most vulnerable members of society, it is especially vital that if they do sustain an injury which causes pain, suffering or even disability, they are compensated for the damage caused. The compensation awarded may be needed for specialist physiotherapy, transport costs or an adapted living environment.
Medical negligence is a very broad term, covering an array of issues. A child may have received an incorrect diagnosis, been prescribed the wrong medication, or had an operation that was not carried out sufficiently well. Surgical mistakes are not common, but whether they are caused by staff incompetence, an accident, or poor judgement, the victim is entitled to claim for the suffering they have experienced.
If you feel that a child close to you, or your own child, deserves compensation for an incident that happened during a medical procedure, do not hesitate to contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline. One of our expert team of advisers will be happy to go through the initial stages with you. At first, they will ask a few easy questions designed to establish whether or not you have a child medical negligence claim. There is no high pressure sales talk and we do not expect you to make a decision immediately.
Should you decide to proceed on behalf of the injured child, a well-established solicitor with a wealth of experience in child medical negligence claims will be assigned to the case. The professionals who specialise in litigation involving a child will be sensitive to the especially difficult nature of the claim. Coming to terms with medical negligence in relation to a child can be very hard, and you can be sure of sympathetic and understanding treatment at each stage.
For a lay person, extended legal wrangling coupled with technical jargon, can appear bewildering. We endeavour to make each aspect of our work as transparent as possible, but we do understand you will have questions. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day, so if you begin to feel concerned or unsure about any aspect of the case, please give an Accident Advice Helpline adviser a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice on making a claim.
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown