If you believe your child has been injured due to poor medical treatment or advice, you should speak to a specialist solicitor as quickly as possible. Your child may be entitled to compensation if, for example, he or she suffered an injury because a healthcare professional:
- Made a mistake when you were pregnant with your child, during labour, childbirth and/or immediately following your child's birth.
- Failed to diagnose a condition, made the wrong diagnosis or delayed in making the correct diagnosis for your child's condition
- Made a mistake during a medical procedure or operation on your child.
- Gave your child the wrong drug.
- Failed to warn you appropriately, or at all, about the risks of a particular treatment or procedure with regard to your child.
Claiming compensation for clinical negligence
If your child has been injured as a result of poor medical treatment, he or she is entitled to make a compensation claim for the injuries they have suffered and also for the financial costs that have been incurred as a result of the injury.
If the claim is successful, the compensation will help to pay for the costs of your child's past, current and future needs, such as specialist care, treatment and therapies, specialist equipment, suitably adapted accommodation and assistive technology. A claim can provide you with peace of mind that your child's future needs will be provided for and enable you to focus on your family's wellbeing.
Specialist solicitors will support you through the process of making a claim. They can also advise you on funding your child's claim, for example through legal aid or a "no win, no fee" agreement.
To make a claim for compensation, a solicitor would need to obtain evidence from an expert to show that:
- The medical professionals who treated you or your child provided substandard treatment.
- That as a direct result of that substandard treatment, your child has suffered injury.
We work with the solicitors listed below, who specialise in personal injury and clinical negligence cases. We are confident that they are reputable and supportive of the work we do.
You can have a free, no obligation conversation with these firms. They will listen to you and will let you know whether or not they think they can help you investigate your child's potential claim for compensation. They will also let you know what the next steps might be and your options in terms of funding the claim.
Bolt Burdon Kemp solicitors are a leading firm with over 30 years experience who specialise in complex and serious injury compensation claims. They have dedicated teams focussing on child brain injury, spinal cord injury, medical negligence and personal injury claims. Their focus is on working with you and your family to provide your child with the specialist rehabilitation treatment needed to improve their future prognosis and ensure suitable educational support via their IPSEA qualified special educational needs advisors. They will visit you at home, hospital or any other suitable venue.
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors have the largest dedicated medical negligence department in the UK and can offer legal aid for certain birth injury claims. They have a specialist in-house Public Law team who can assist with any associated education, health and social care issues. They work closely with rehabilitation providers and support organisations to help parents access ongoing support and rehabilitation, thereby achieving the best possible outcomes.
You may also want to look into other options, such as using the NHS complaints procedure or complaining to your local Clinical Commissioning group.
- Read our guide to the NHS and caring for a disabled child - England [PDF].
- Visit Action for Medical Accidents (AVMA). AVMA provide free independent advice and support to people affected by medical accidents.
- Visit Citizens Advice for information on complaints and clinical negligence.
Contact cannot recommend a particular solicitor and you must choose the right solicitor for you.