When a newborn baby is seriously injured or tragically dies, this has devastating and life-altering effects on the entire family. If it turns out that these tragic events could have been prevented, this makes the whole experience even more difficult to cope with. In these circumstances, making a medical negligence compensation claim can go some way to alleviate some of the financial impact on families.
care claims can help you obtain the financial support you need to cope with what has happened and provide funds for the additional costs caused by what has happened. They are also an important way of making sure those responsible are held accountable so that other families can be protected from experiencing the same pain.
At Switalskis, we have the expertise and the right team of lawyers to help you through the complexity of the care claims process during a time of grief. Our medical negligence team specialises in navigating these sensitive cases, focusing not only on legal representation but on emotional support as well.
With years of experience in handling injury claims, compensation claims and other related cases, we've been at the forefront of securing justice and compensation for families in need. Whether you’re facing the aftermath of a injury or coping with the devastating loss of a child, the Switalskis team is ready to guide you through this unfamiliar and challenging process.
Families who have gone through the trauma of a injury or a baby's death will have their own stories to tell. We know that each family's experience is unique, and we tailor our approach to meet your specific needs and concerns.
Our experienced and compassionate medical negligence team will do the following for you:
With years of experience in compensation claims, infection claims and more, we've built a reputation for excellence in this specific field of medical negligence. Our team includes legal experts accredited by the Law Society and AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) , which underlines their industry-leading expertise.
If you’re dealing with a injury, or and believe medical negligence may have been involved, don't hesitate to reach out to Switalskis. We're here to provide the guidance, support and expertise you need.
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A injury refers to any physical harm, illness or medical condition that affects your newborn baby during the first 28 days of their lives. This is known as the period and marks the baby's transition from the womb to the outside world. Their bodies undergo significant changes during this time, and doctors must monitor newborns carefully to make sure they’re healthy.
injuries can range from minor issues to life-threatening conditions. Some injuries might resolve with proper medical care, while others can lead to chronic conditions or developmental delays. The impact on the child's life can vary widely depending on the nature and severity of the injury.
Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment are critical in managing injuries. Skilled medical care can help to limit the effects of an injury, or prevent it from worsening. On the other hand, negligent medical treatment can make the injury worse and lead to more severe outcomes.
If your child has suffered a injury due to medical negligence, you may have legal rights to claim compensation.
Because the period immediately after birth is a delicate time for babies, there are several ways in which they could suffer an injury or illness during this time. Here's a closer look at some of the most common types of injuries:
If your child has suffered from any of these types of injuries and you believe medical negligence may have been a cause, get in touch with Switalskis to see if you can claim compensation.
injuries can be devastating, especially when they result from a failure by healthcare professionals to provide appropriate care, treatment or attention, leading to preventable harm. In order to be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim, you'll need to be able to prove that the care you or your baby received was below the proper standard and that this directly led to the harm you suffered.
Here are some examples of how clinical negligence can lead to injuries:
If you believe your child's injury was caused by clinical negligence, you should speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible to help you build a strong case, based on all of the available medical evidence.
Not all infections result from negligence, but in some cases, an infection may be caused by avoidable medical errors, or made worse by failures in care. In these instances, infection compensation claims are possible.
All of the following circumstances might be solid grounds for infection claims:
Our team has extensive experience in handling infection claims, and we'll carefully evaluate the circumstances of the infection to determine whether negligence occurred.
The loss of a newborn child is an unimaginable tragedy that no parent should ever have to go through. When deaths happen due to preventable medical errors or negligence, the grief and anger can be overwhelming.
refers to the loss of a baby within the first 28 days of life. This loss can be caused by various underlying health conditions, complications during delivery or infections. In some cases, may have been avoidable and can be proven to be the direct result of medical negligence.
You may have grounds to make a compensation claim if there is evidence that medical professionals made errors or acted negligently in a way that led to your baby’s death. Common grounds for claims include:
When you make a compensation claim, we'll carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding the death, seek the opinions of medical experts and gather evidence to build a strong case.
and both have devastating effects on a family. If you're seeking to make a clinical negligence claim, it's important to know the difference between the two, to help you understand how your claim will be investigated.
The term ‘neonatal death’ applies when the baby dies within the first 28 days of life. deaths can result from a variety of causes, such as congenital abnormalities, infections, complications related to prematurity, or medical negligence during or after birth.
is defined as the death of a baby before or during delivery, typically after 24 weeks of pregnancy. might be the result of genetic conditions, problems, infections in the mother, or negligence during prenatal care. A baby dying before 24 weeks is medically called a miscarriage.
The medical negligence specialists at Switalskis have experience in handling both and claims. We understand the complexities and sensitivities involved in these cases, and will do everything we can to help you seek justice for the death of your baby, whether you're making a or claim.
Starting a care claim can be an overwhelming process, especially when dealing with the emotional aftermath of a traumatic birth. At Switalskis, we're dedicated to simplifying the process and making sure that you feel supported every step of the way.
Here's an overview of what the care claims process involves:
Throughout this process, we pride ourselves on communicating regularly and keeping you informed. We understand the emotional toll that injuries can take, and our dedicated team will always work to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
For most medical negligence claims, the standard limitation period is three years. This means that from the date of the injury or the date you became aware of the negligence (known as the date of knowledge), you have a three-year window to initiate legal proceedings.
However, because injuries involve children, the standard three-year time limit doesn't start until the child's 18th birthday. This means that parents or guardians have until the child turns 21 to bring a claim on their behalf. This extended period recognises that the full impact of some injuries may not be apparent immediately, and can evolve or become clearer as the child grows.
In tragic instances where negligence results in a death, the bereaved family typically has three years from the date of death to make a claim for compensation. Alternatively, the time limit may begin when the family first realised negligence may have played a part in that death.
If a injury affects your child’s mental capacity and leaves them permanently unable to make decisions on their own, there's no time limit for making a claim. These claims can be initiated at any point in the affected individual's life.
While these are the general guidelines, there are exceptions. The courts have the discretion to extend the time limits when they decide it's appropriate. However, it's crucial not to rely on these exceptions, as they are very rare.
Instead, seek legal guidance as soon as possible. Evidence is often more accessible and memories fresher shortly after the event, making the process of building a strong case more straightforward.
The consequences of care negligence can be far-reaching, affecting not only the child but the entire family. Understanding how much compensation you can claim for care negligence may be vital for planning your family's future.
The amount of compensation will be calculated with the following factors in mind:
You may also receive compensation for expected future losses. This takes into consideration the long-term impact of the injury, including projected care costs, potential loss of future earnings, ongoing therapy needs, and more. In tragic circumstances where negligence leads to death, the claim may include funeral expenses and bereavement damages.
Because each case is so unique, it's impossible to provide an exact figure without understanding your specific situation. Contact us for an initial consultation, and we can discuss the details of your case and provide a more tailored insight into the compensation you could receive.
Worried about how to fund your care claim? Let’s put those concerns to rest. There are various funding options available for care claims:
At Switalskis, we're committed to making legal support as accessible as possible. During the initial consultation, we'll discuss the funding options available to you, and help you find the best solution to suit your individual situation.
care claims can be complex, and the time it takes to reach a conclusion will vary depending on the specifics. Generally, a straightforward case may be resolved within 18 to 24 months, while more intricate situations involving extensive investigation, expert reports, court proceedings and negotiations are likely to take several years.
Several factors can influence the length of the claim process. For example, complications might arise if there are difficulties in obtaining essential medical records, or disagreements between medical experts on the cause of the injury. The willingness of the defendant to negotiate and settle can also impact the timeframe. If a claim goes to trial, the court’s schedule may extend the process further.
At Switalskis, we understand that time is crucial, especially when dealing with the challenges that injuries present. We're committed to progressing your claim as swiftly as possible, always being transparent and keeping you informed of any developments that may affect the timeline of your claim.
If you believe that your child has suffered from injury or infection due to medical negligence, or if you have experienced the heartache of or death, taking the first step towards justice is vital. Switalskis is here to guide you through the complex process of care claims, providing expert advice, emotional support and strong representation tailored to your unique situation.
Contact Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 , or get in touch with us through the website to discuss your concerns in confidence with our medical negligence team.