3 hospitals have recently made awards of compensation to children who suffered brain injuries as a result of negligence suffered at birth or shortly after. This in the wake of recent criticisms of the Nursing and Midwifery Council about the levels of care provided to expectant mothers.
The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life. Unfortunately for some parents that is not the case. So what happens if it all goes wrong?
One child was born with severe jaundice, a common condition in newborn babies which causes a yellowing of the skin. It is treatable with a type of blood transfusion known as a blood exchange. In this case, there was a delay in providing that vital treatment which resulted in her suffering irreversible brain damage, leading to severe behavioural difficulties which will affect her for the rest of her life.
Another child was born without incident and discharged home shortly afterwards. A few days later she became seriously ill and her mother telephoned the hospital for advice and was told to give the child water. Not happy with her baby’s condition the mother returned to the hospital the following day where a diagnosis of Group B Streptococcus infection was made. Group B Streptococcus can be easily treated at an early stage with antibiotics. However, due to the delay in diagnosis the child was left severely disabled.
In the third case, a child developed symptoms of fever and vomiting shortly before his first birthday and was taken to hospital. Tests were run but there was a delay in the processing of results. When the results were received they confirmed that the child was infected with tuberculosis meningitis. As a result of the delay in diagnosis of this serious illness, the child was left wheelchair dependent with no communication skills, eyesight problems, developmental delays and suffering from seizures.
All medical professionals owe a duty of care to their patients. If there is a breach of that duty of care which causes harm to a patient, that patient or, his or her family may be entitled to claim compensation. If the harm was caused to an adult (over the age of 18) you have a period of three years following the date of the incident in which to bring a claim for compensation. If the harm was caused to a child, the child, or an adult acting on their behalf, has a period of three years from the date of their 18th birthday in which to bring a claim for compensation.
At Jordans Solicitors, we have a dedicated team of medical negligence lawyers who are experienced in a wide range of injuries caused as a result of the negligence of medical professionals.
If you or your child has suffered harm as a result of the actions of medical professionals and would like advice about whether you are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries please call 01924 457 171 and ask to speak with a member of the medical negligence team or request a callback.