Serious Child Injuries
If your child has been the victim of clinical negligence on the part of a medical professional, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim against those responsible. At JMW, we have the experience necessary to help you achieve the best possible outcome and secure the compensation to which your child is entitled.
We understand how much of a positive difference compensation can make at such a challenging and highly emotional time. Our solicitors are friendly and approachable and will talk you through the options available as you move forward with your serious child injury claim.
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How JMW Can Help
At JMW, we appreciate how distressing it can be when your child's health is put at risk by medical negligence. Our team of specialist solicitors is committed to helping you to make a successful claim, whatever the circumstances of your particular case.
When you choose JMW, you can expect to receive the very best legal advice available, delivered to you in a clear and concise fashion. We will strive to achieve the best possible result for your child, seeking compensation that will help cover the cost of their injuries and long-term care.
Our medical negligence team, headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones, is highly-regarded throughout the UK. The team includes members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel, which highlights their industry-leading expertise.
How to Make a Serious Child Injury Claim
If your child is hurt while in the care of a medical professional, it is only right that you are able to claim compensation for the damage done and the impact on your child and your family in general. This compensation can help to cover the cost of any therapy that your child may require, while ensuring those responsible are held accountable.
Medical professionals have a ‘duty of care’ to avoid causing negligence harm to their patients. If this has happened to your child, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
To start a claim, get in touch with our medical negligence team and we will discuss the details of your case before launching an investigation. We will gather all of the available evidence to ascertain if your child was the victim of clinical negligence. This will include analysing the relevant medical reports and consulting with independent medical experts.
By putting together the strongest possible case, our aim is to settle the claim as quickly as possible, helping you and your family to move forward. We will also work to obtain interim payments wherever possible to fund the costs of any immediate care your child may require.
FAQs About Serious Child Injury Claims
What are the common causes of serious child injury claims?
When medical errors occur, the impact can often be life-changing. Mistakes made by doctors, nurses, surgeons and GPs can cause a family significant levels of distress, making it necessary to seek further medical treatment to rectify the mistakes made.
Our experienced and supportive solicitors have dealt with a broad range of medical negligence claims pertaining to children, with the most common causes including:
- Delayed treatment
- Surgical errors
- Failure to treat a condition
When you put your trust in medical professionals to care for your children you do not expect mistakes to be made, which makes them all the more difficult to deal with when they do occur. Although doctors, nurses and other medical professionals do a fantastic job of looking after patients in the majority of cases, mistakes can happen and when they do, the consequences for your child can be very serious.
How much compensation can I claim for serious child injury negligence?
You will be able to claim compensation for the injury caused - known as general damages - and the amount will depend on how your child has suffered, and whether they have since struggled with disability. This takes into consideration both physical and mental health. In addition, you may be able to claim a number of special damages for the failure of the professional.
To get a proper judgement of the amount of compensation you could receive, it is first necessary to get an assessment from an independent medical expert. From here, they will be able to advise on the severity of the injuries and the further care that may be required, and the damages will be calculated accordingly.
Contact us now for more guidance on this, and we will help you plan how to combat the difficulties you face by breaking down your financial options in a comprehensive and simple way.
Is there a time limit on when I must make my claim by?
Most medical negligence cases have a three-year time limit. However, this is different for cases involving children as issues that they face can seriously affect their development and, thus, their whole life going forward.
Legal cases can be brought any time before the child involved turns 18, at which point the legal responsibility will be in their hands, and they must take action before they turn 21. For cases where there are brain injuries, you will have three years to make a claim.
Despite the long time limit, it is always better to start a claim as soon as possible, as the information that could be used as evidence will be easier to access. Even though it may not always be possible to start a legal case quickly, our expert solicitors can offer you advice on how to make this process smoother, outlining exactly what you will need so you can begin to gear towards getting back what you and your child are owed.
Talk to Us
Find out more about how the medical negligence team at JMW can assist with your serious child injury claim by getting in touch today. Call us on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will give you a call back as soon as possible. We handle cases on a no win, no fee basis.