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Neonatal Medical Negligence
A baby can be vulnerable to a range of neonatal injuries and conditions immediately following birth. Such 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 imperative you are able to claim compensation for any damage caused. The caring and understanding team at JMW is here to provide the help you need to pursue a successful neonatal injury claim.
To speak to the JMW team and to discuss your situation in more detail, call us for free on 0800 054 6512, or allow us to get in touch with you by completing our online enquiry form. We understand it can seem a daunting step to start a process such as this, but we are here to guide you throughout.
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Neonatal is a term that refers to the first 28 days of a baby's life following birth. It is crucial during this time that the baby is properly monitored, as any unusual symptoms should be identified and acted upon to prevent the development of potentially serious illness and injury.
Failure to spot and act on any such symptoms can have truly devastating consequences for the baby and their family. If this has happened, and your baby has suffered due to negligence on the part of a medical professional, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
A neonatal injury is an injury or condition that arises shortly after birth and, if not managed effectively, can lead to permanent disability. It could even prove fatal. Examples of neonatal injuries and conditions include:
- Neonatal Hypoglycaemia - from time to time, newborn babies struggle to adapt to a suddenly fluctuating supply of glucose. If this difficulty is undetected, it can lead to brain damage
- Hip Dysplasia - examination of a baby's hips is an important aspect of the neonatal screening process. If a hip dislocation (Hip Dysplasia) is missed it could lead to hospitalisation, major surgery and issues with walking
- Neonatal Jaundice (Kernicterus/Hyperbilirubinaemia) - although this condition is rare, if it is not picked up on by a doctor it can lead to brain damage and cerebral palsy
Neonatal injuries can take many forms, and in addition to those noted above, other mistakes can include:
- Adverse reactions to vaccinations
- Errors concerning premature births in intensive care units
- Errors concerning baby identification
- Post traumatic stress disorder or postnatal depression for the mother
At JMW we believe that children and their parents should receive financial compensation for neonatal injuries caused by medical professionals. We regularly help parents throughout the UK claim compensation that can help cover the costs of rehabilitation and medical care for their child.
If you suspect that your child's neonatal injury was caused by medical negligence, contact the solicitors at JMW. As members of the Law Society's specialist clinical negligence panel and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel, we are among the UK's foremost authorities on medical negligence. Our team will offer expert legal advice on the potential of your claim and, should you decide to go ahead, will support you every step of the way.