Making a clinical negligence claim for a child can initially appear complicated. Children under the age of 18 are unable to make claims for themselves, however adults can pursue a medical negligence claim on behalf of a child who has suffered or been injured due to neglectful or inappropriate medical treatment.
The system for pursuing Thompsons Solicitors has supported hundreds of children and families and secured medical negligence compensation for those who have fallen victim to misdiagnosis, cerebral palsy and birth injury.
Your solicitor will need to establish how the standard of care that your child received fell below reasonable expectations, and whether this ‘breach of care’ impacted upon your child’s injuries. Thompsons Solicitors works with a wide range of medical experts who will be able to assess the long-term care and rehabilitation that will need to be reflected in the compensation.
If doctors cannot predict the long term consequences of a child’s injuries due to their severity, interim payments can be made to help meet the ongoing care needs that a child may have.
Furthermore, the time limit for differs to claims involving adults. When making a claim for an injured child, the time limit for making a claim is three years from when the child turns 18.
Before settling medical negligence claims for children and babies, Thompsons Solicitors secures Court Approval. This means that the Judge approves the amount of compensation that the child will receive, whether or not those responsible admit liability.
Finalised compensation is then placed in a Special Investment Account until the child turns 18. However, some of these funds can be accessed beforehand, if there are compelling reasons to do so.
This information would have been useful to know when I was younger, as when I was seven I suffered from a serious burn on my leg. One of the affected areas wasn’t treated straight away which meant that I suffered for longer and was in a lot more pain than I should have been. If you know anyone who has had a problem with medical negligence, it is a good idea to pass this information on.