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Children’s Claims

Having a child is extremely exciting, however pregnancy and birth can also be nerve wrecking and frightening due to the risks that can occur and when things go wrong the outcome can be devastating.

At OH Parsons our specialist team of solicitors deal with claims where babies have been injured a result of the negligence of doctors, obstetricians and midwives. Our Clinical Negligence Solicitors are highly skilled at dealing with these sensitive cases and will provide the advice and support you and your family need to get through these difficult claims.

We also act for families of children of all ages who have unfortunately been the victims of medical negligence such as with delays in diagnosis and treatment, operations that have gone wrong, and mistaken diagnosis.

Pregnancy And Birth Injury Claims

Becoming pregnant and having a child should be a time of happiness and excitement, and over 700,000 babies are born in the UK every year.

Sadly, a large number of injuries occur as a result of the negligence of doctors, obstetricians and midwives which can result in significant injury to the mother or baby, or both. Examples of birth injury claims for children are cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy claims.

Birth injuries usually occur around the time of delivery or shortly before or after the birth, and are often caused by a delay in delivering the baby leading to the baby being starved of oxygen or some other complication.

Other examples of birth injury claims are where the hospital staff fail to diagnose or treat low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia), jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus), or Strep B infection. Where a baby’s shoulder becomes stuck during the birth this can cause injury to the baby’s brachial plexus and Erb’s palsy.

Disturbingly there are also a large number of babies who are stillborn as a result of clinical negligence, and a recent report has found that around 1,200 deaths each year could have been avoided.

There has also been an increase in the number of women dying due to complications of pregnancy, and statistics show that around 66% of pregnancy related deaths can be associated with clinical negligence and that a worrying number of deaths could have been avoided if better medical care and treatment had been provided.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. Children must take legal action before their 21st birthday. Special rules apply to people who are mentally incapable of taking legal action themselves. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

Paediatric Care & Medical Treatment

If you are concerned about the medical treatment or care that your child has received at hospital or from your GP, then our specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you.

Our clinical negligence solicitors are experienced in wide variety of claims for children including:-

  • Failing to diagnose and treat infections such as meningitis
  • Failure to diagnose and treat congenital hip dysplasia
  • Paediatric cardiology claims such as delay in diagnosing heart problems like cardiomyopathy, myocarditis and congenital abnormalities such as anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery
  • Incorrect treatment or negligent surgery claims
  • Failing to detect birth defects
  • Claims relating to delay in diagnosing medical conditions as well as misdiagnosis of medical conditions
  • Claims relating to treatment received in hospital paediatric departments

Negligent medical treatment and delays in providing appropriate treatment can result in significant injury or children failing to respond to treatment, and can also have serious long term implications such as cognitive and developmental problems.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Children must take legal action before their 21st birthday. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

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