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Neonatal or Newborn Medical Negligence Claims
A baby can be vulnerable to a range of neonatal injuries and conditions in the days and weeks following birth. If your child has been affected by a neonatal injury due to clinical negligence, the expert solicitors at JMW will provide the help you need to pursue a claim for compensation.
Neonatal injuries can have a truly devastating impact on a family and if they are caused by negligence on the part of a medical professional, it is essential that you are able to receive compensation for the damage caused. We understand that this can seem a daunting process, which is why our compassionate team will be here to support you throughout.
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How JMW Can Help
At JMW, our solicitors will assist children and their parents to receive financial compensation for neonatal injuries caused by medical professionals, and that those responsible should be held accountable for the harm their mistakes have caused.
Our team regularly helps parents throughout the UK claim compensation that can help cover the costs of rehabilitation and medical care for their child. We understand how distressing this experience can be for a family, which is why we will support you through every stage of the legal process, dealing with you compassionately and keeping you updated at all times.
We have members of the Law Society's specialist clinical negligence panel and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and are among the UK’s foremost authorities on medical negligence. We will offer expert legal advice on the potential of your claim and help you proceed in the right way.
How to Make a Neonatal Injury Negligence Claim
When negligent care on the part of a medical professional results in a newborn baby suffering illness or injury, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. This can help you gain access to specialist medical care and therapy that may now be necessary as a result of this clinical negligence, as well as financial support if your child has developed a life-changing condition.
JMW’s clinical negligence team will investigate the circumstances of your case and gather evidence to demonstrate that your child suffered negligence, obtaining medical reports from independent medical experts.
We are committed to putting together the strongest possible case to help win the claim as quickly as possible and may be able to obtain interim compensation in the meantime.
What is a neonatal injury?
The neonatal period is defined as the first 28 days of a baby's life. During this time it is essential that the baby is properly monitored, as any unusual symptoms need to be acted upon quickly to prevent the development of potentially serious illness and injury.
If not managed effectively, these conditions can lead to permanent disability and the need for lifelong medical care, or could even prove fatal.
What are common examples of neonatal injuries and conditions?
Neonatal injuries can lead to a number of debilitating conditions, including:
- Neonatal hypoglycaemia - if a newborn baby is feeding poorly or struggles to adapt to a suddenly fluctuating supply of glucose. It can lead to brain damage if low blood sugars go untreated.
- Hip dysplasia - the examination of a baby's hips is an important aspect of the neonatal screening process. If a hip dislocation is missed, it could lead to hospitalisation, major surgery and issues with walking
- Neonatal jaundice (kernicterus/hyperbilirubinaemia) - this condition is rare, but if it is not picked up on by a doctor, it can lead to brain damage and cerebral palsy
- Negligent treatment of infections
- Poor care for breathing problems
Other issues can arise from: