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Friday, 6 April 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Medical Negligence Claims For Children

Medical negligence claims can be brought for children who have suffered due to inappropriate, or neglectful medical treatment. As claims for children under 18 can only be made by an adult, this can leave parents and guardians feeling unsure of which steps to take. 

Making a clinical negligence claim for a child can appear complex, however if your child’s injury is due to negligent or inappropriate medical treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim.

Thompsons Solicitors has supported hundreds of children and families to secure compensation. The level of compensation that you could receive will be established dependent upon your child’s long term care and rehabilitation needs.

In order to make a claim, your solicitor will need to establish whether there is a link between ‘breach of duty’ and your child’s injuries, as well as how the standard of care your child received fell below reasonable expectations.

Sometimes, a child’s injury can be severe that doctors cannot predict the long-term consequences of the injury. If this is the case, interim payments can be made instead of one finalised payment, to help meet ongoing care needs until the full extent of injuries can be determined.

After compensation has been settled, the money will be placed in a Special Investment Account which the child can access when they are 18. In cases where there are compelling reasons to do so, some of the funds may be released before the child comes of age.

K Elizabeth xoxox

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