Medical Negligence

At Jackson Lees, we have dealt with many claims involving Medical Negligence where children are involved, and these cover a very wide spectrum of events.

Seeing your child suffering from an injury or illness is every parent’s nightmare, particularly if they have an avoidable condition that has been caused by the negligence of a medical professional.

Jackson Lees can help you make a Medical Negligence claim, discovering the full facts of the case in order to find out who is responsible. Our team will provide you and your child with the support you need throughout the process.

We have over 25 years of Medical Negligence experience and have helped many people in England and Wales with their Medical Negligence claims for children.

We are able to visit you in your home at your convenience and we provide initial advice free of charge.

We can act on your behalf under a conditional fee agreement, also known as ‘no win, no fee’.

Call us on 0151 282 1700 or complete our online enquiry form, a member of our team will assist you.

Protecting Your Child

We know from experience that a parent’s main concern in these circumstances will naturally be for the health of their child. Our team understands this, and we do all we can to ensure your claim fits around your other requirements.

This can involve home visits or speaking with you outside our regular office hours. The important thing is that you are kept fully aware of what’s happening, and can focus on looking after your child, safe in the knowledge that Jackson Lees have the legal matters under control.

We will never involve your child directly in any legal proceedings unless it’s absolutely necessary, and are committed to protecting your child by doing the right thing in the right way.

What We Can Help With

We have helped many families and we specialise in claims involving problems at birth. For example, if this was handled negligently, your child may develop a brain injury or conditions such as Erb’s Palsy. These are potentially life-altering problems and we will work tirelessly to ensure your child receives the medical care and financial support they need.

Some of the most severe cases can involve children who have suffered from irreversible brain injuries as a result of negligence during the pregnancy, labour, delivery or in the post natal period. We have successfully recovered compensation for children who have developed Cerebral palsy as a result of negligence, and these claims often attract multi million pound settlements, which ensure that the child’s needs for care, equipment and assistance can be met throughout their lifetime.

Case Study

Claims for children is a broad area and as a result of this, we have provided examples below of a variety of case studies that we have acted in rather, than one example case study.

We have acted in cases where a child has been the victim of a missed diagnosis, such as fractures that may have been overlooked, or hip dysplasia that has not been identified or followed up appropriately, running the risk of life long complications.

In one case, we have acted for a child who developed an infection from a cannula inserted during the neonatal period, which went on to attack several joints and has caused ongoing pain, suffering and loss of function, as well as the need for multiple follow up procedures. As young children are still growing, these infections can be particularly damaging and may cause long-term problems.

In other cases, we have acted for children who have developed pressure sores as a result of poor care during their treatment or stay in hospital, as well as acting for children in a host of other different situations.

What all of these cases have in common is the need to ensure that the case is only settled at the right time, once it is clear as to the extent and nature of their problems. If there is a likelihood that the full extent of the consequences of the negligence will not become apparent for a number of years, it is often possible to seek interim payments of damages from the Defendant to ensure that their immediate needs can be met, and for the balance of the damages to be calculated at a later stage, to ensure that nothing is overlooked.

We are aware from experience that some problems, or the full extent of these, may only become apparent when a child starts school, or goes through puberty, or when skeletal maturity is established in their teens.

At Jackson Lees, we are experienced in ensuring that cases involving children are reviewed carefully, and that both the short term and the long term implications are considered properly, before any final settlement is agreed. It is important to us to ensure that a child gets all the compensation that they will need, and that cases are not settled too early, running the risk of under-compensating for the negligence in the long run.

Contact Jackson Lees

Jackson Lees offer over 25 years of experience in handling these cases, and we are accredited by the Law Society and Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

Our common questions section may answer any queries you have relating to Medical Negligence claims.

Alternatively, our articles including ‘maternity units, under resourced?’ and ‘why is childbirth so risky?‘ may be helpful.

If you would like us to help you make a Medical Negligence claim on behalf of your child, you can fill out our online enquiry form or call us on 0151 282 1700.