Compensation Claims for Infant Haematomas
Although infant haematomas can occur naturally, if your child has been born with the condition due to receiving a poor standard of care during his or her delivery, it may be possible to make compensation claims for infant haematomas.
Haematomas in new born children often disappear within the first three months of a child´s life without any treatment being necessary. However, if the haematoma fails to dissipate, it may be possible that your child develops jaundice due to a fall in their red blood cell count, which can lead to complications such as meningitis or brain damage if left untreated.
Some medical professionals choose to drain the accumulated blood from the haematoma. This in itself has risks because your child may develop an infection or an abscess. If you are not fully informed of the risks, and your child suffers an injury as a result of the draining procedure, you will be entitled to claim compensation for the incorrect treatment of an infant haematoma.
Making Compensation Claims for Infant Haematomas
In order to make compensation claims for infant haematomas or to claim compensation for the incorrect treatment of an infant haematoma, it has to be shown that the cause of your child´s injury was a failure in the standard of care provided for your child during or after their birth.
To prove that your child received a level of care that is below the excepted standard of the medical profession, your solicitor will engage the services of an independent medical expert to review the circumstances of your child´s injury. If negligence is proven, you will have the option of making compensation claims for infant haematomas.
The process of claiming compensation for the incorrect treatment of an infant haematoma starts with your solicitor sending a “Letter of Claim” to the NHS Trust responsible for your child´s care. The Letter will be supported by the evidence of negligence compiled by the independent medical expert and the NHS Trust has ninety days in which to conduct its own investigation and either accept or deny liability for your child´s injury.
How Much Compensation for the Incorrect Treatment of an Infant Haematoma?
If liability is accepted, your solicitor will enter into negotiations with the NHS Litigation Authority to settle your claim. Settlements of compensation for the incorrect treatment of an infant haematoma include compensation for the pain and suffering your child has experienced, compensation for any visible scars or “abnormalities” that remain after the haematoma is treated and the recovery of any justifiable expenses that you have incurred.
When compensation claims for infant haematomas are contested, your solicitor will discuss your options with you. Depending on the strength of your case and the strength of the NHS Trust´s denial, it may be necessary to issue court proceedings. This does not automatically imply that you will have to endure a full court hearing, as compensation claims for infant haematomas can often be resolved by negotiation before a court hearing becomes necessary.
However, you will have to attend a short court hearing when a settlement of your claim is agreed. This is because settlements of compensation claims made on behalf of children have to be approved by a judge to ensure they are in the best interests of your child. The hearing is a straightforward procedure, during which you will likely receive an apology from the NHS Trust for the failings that led to your child´s injuries.
Legal Advice about Infant Haematomas due to Hospital Negligence
If your child has been born with a haematoma – or left with an injury due to the incorrect treatment of an infant haematoma – and you believe that their injury could have been avoided with greater care, you are invited to call our free legal guidance service and discuss the circumstances surrounding your child´s injury with an experienced medical negligence solicitor.
Our solicitor will be able to answer any legal questions you may have about making compensation claims for infant haematomas and claiming compensation for the incorrect treatment of an infant haematoma, and guide you through the processes of establishing negligence and making a claim against an NHS Trust on behalf of your child.
By calling our service, you are not committing to making compensation claims for infant haematomas and all calls to our free legal guidance service are completely confidential. Our aim is to explain your options to you in plain English, so that you are able to make an informed decision about whether you have a claim for compensation for the incorrect treatment of an infant haematoma that may be worth your while to pursue.