If your child has been left with a severe brain injury due to the circumstances of their birth, the impact on your family can be devastating. That's why the NHS has established an Early Notification Scheme: to provide a way forward for families in this difficult situation.
The NHS Early Notification Scheme was created to give families affected by birth injury a quicker route to receiving the financial compensation and support their child deserves. However, navigating the processes involved with the Early Notification Scheme might seem daunting without expert guidance.
That's where Switalskis comes in. As specialists in medical negligence claims, we offer compassionate, personalised support to guide you through the Early Notification Scheme. Our dedicated team will help you understand the process, make sure your rights are protected, and offer legal expertise tailored to your situation.
Whether you've just been contacted via Early Notification or are already midway through the process, we're here to make things clearer, simpler and more manageable for you and your family.
Navigating the Early Notification Scheme can seem complex and overwhelming, especially at a time when your focus is on the wellbeing of your child. At Switalskis, we're dedicated to making this process as smooth as possible for you, by offering clear guidance and expert legal support for your specific situation.
Here's how Switalskis can assist you:
With years of experience in handling all types of birth injury claims, we've built a reputation for excellence in this field. Our team includes legal experts accredited by the Law Society and AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) , which demonstrates our industry-leading expertise.
We recognise that dealing with a serious injury at birth is devastating and that navigating complicated legal processes might seem overwhelming at this time. That's why Switalskis' approach is not just legal; it's deeply compassionate. We know your family is facing a tough time, so we'll be right here, offering our unwavering support.
The NHS Resolution Early Notification Scheme is a programme designed to investigate and address serious brain injuries that happen at birth. It's a vital component in providing immediate assistance to families affected by failures in maternity care and can be a quicker route to compensation than making a traditional birth injury claim.
The scheme aims is to make sure that the NHS can investigate serious birth injuries as quickly as possible. In this way, the service can provide much-needed answers, written apologies, financial support and practical advice to the families involved. Here's how the scheme works:
In some cases, the conditions investigated by the Early Notification Scheme may lead to other long-term health issues, such as cerebral palsy, one of the most common birth injuries. All of these potential outcomes will be evaluated as part of a thorough approach.
The NHS Resolution Early Notification Scheme represents a commitment to transparency, accountability and support for families facing the traumatic experience of a serious brain injury at birth. For many, it will provide an essential means of understanding what happened and how to move forward.
The Early Notification Scheme offers a structured approach to dealing with serious birth injuries, particularly those resulting in brain injury. According to NHS Resolution, it's designed to deliver the following benefits:
Since the scheme’s launch in 2017, there has been a significant reduction in the amount of time between maternity incidents happening and cases being notified to NHS Resolution. It's also shortened the time taken from the incident to the final claims decision, helping to bring down costs for the NHS. Additionally, trusts have been encouraged to be more open about these incidents with families, in order to help them learn.
You can find out more about the Early Notification Scheme and its purposes directly from NHS Resolution .
To be eligible for the Early Notification Scheme, your child must fit into one of the following three categories:
Many of these symptoms are associated with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
If your child's case is eligible for the Early Notification Scheme, you will be informed directly by NHS Resolution. This process will unfold as follows:
If you're ever uncertain about any of these steps, get in touch with Switalskis, and we can help advise you on the process.
Even if you choose to take advantage of the Early Notification Scheme, it will still be helpful to seek independent legal advice for another independent perspective on the investigation process. Doing so will provide the following advantages:
While the Early Notification Scheme provides a streamlined process for many families, not every case will fit its criteria. If you find that your circumstances aren't eligible for the scheme, it's essential to know that you still have several options and avenues available for seeking justice and support.
Firstly, it's worth considering a traditional medical negligence claim. This route to a successful outcome allows for legal investigation of a broader range of birth injuries or other related complications. Switalskis can help you thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the birth of your child, evaluate medical records, and consult with medical experts to find out if you have grounds to claim compensation. Although this route may take longer than the Early Notification Scheme, it could allow you to claim a more comprehensive compensation package that takes into account the full impact on your child's life.
It may also be helpful to reach out to support groups and organisations specialising in birth injuries, who can provide emotional support, share experiences and offer guidance on navigating the complexities of your situation. These organisations can connect you with the right resources, from therapists to financial planning.
If you've been invited to join the Early Notification Scheme by the NHS, let Switalskis be your trusted partner on this journey. We'll help you understand the process in full, offering expert guidance, backing and representation every step of the way.
Reach out to Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 , or connect with us online. We'll arrange a free consultation to answer any questions you have about the NHS Resolution Early Notification Scheme.