Compensation Claims for Permanent Brain Damage at Birth
Compensation claims for permanent brain damage at birth are intended not only to provide the funds that your child may need for their care and support, but also to provide answers to questions you may have about the standard of care you and your child received at the time.
When you claim compensation for a brain injury during childbirth, a thorough investigation is conducted to establish whether “at the time and in the circumstances” your child´s injury was attributable to natural causes or if it could have been avoided with greater care.
As there are many different circumstances in which it is possible to sustain permanent brain damage at birth, it is advisable to seek professional legal guidance at the earliest possible opportunity to establish whether you are entitled to claim compensation for a brain injury during childbirth.
Supporting Compensation Claims for Permanent Brain Damage at Birth
In order to support compensation claims for permanent brain damage at birth, a solicitor will engage the services of one or more independent medical experts. The medical experts will review the standard of care that was provided at the time of your child´s birth and report back to the solicitor.
If it established that an act or omission by a medical professional resulted in your child´s injury, evidence of hospital negligence will be sent to the relevant NHS Trust along with a “Letter of Claim”. The Letter of Claim informs the hospital authority that you are claiming compensation for a brain injury during childbirth on your child´s behalf.
The hospital authority has ninety days in which to conduct its own investigation and either acknowledge liability or contest your compensation claim. If liability is acknowledged, the solicitor will enter into settlement negotiations. When liability is contested in compensation claims for permanent brain damage at birth, it may be necessary to get the answers to your questions with court action.
Compensation for a Brain Injury during Childbirth
Settlements of compensation for a brain injury during childbirth should account for every aspect of your child´s injury. This means that in addition to compensation for his or her pain and suffering, your child will receive compensation for the deterioration in their quality of life, for the cost of future care and support, and for the loss of income they may experience due to their brain injury.
When your child has suffered a catastrophic brain injury and will require around-the-clock care for the rest of their life, compensation claims for permanent brain damage at birth can take a long time to resolve. This is not necessarily due to your claim for compensation for a brain injury during childbirth having to be decided in court, but often due to ensuring that your child receives an adequate settlement.
Often a settlement of compensation for a brain injury during childbirth will consist of an initial lump sum payment and annual index-linked periodic payments. While waiting for compensation claims for permanent brain damage at birth to be resolved, it may be possible to arrange for interim payments of compensation so that you do not experience financial issues due to the negligence of a medical professional.
Call us for Impartial and Professional Legal Guidance
No two compensation claims for permanent brain damage at birth are the same. The circumstances of your child´s injury, the extent of his or her brain damage and the consequences of the injury will be different from any other claim. Therefore it is essential that you receive professional legal guidance that is specific to your individual situation.
We have established a service which enables you to get advice about compensation claims for permanent brain damage at birth from an experienced hospital negligence solicitor. Our service is free to use and does not commit you to any future action. Naturally all calls to our service are completely confidential.
You can call us at any time to get professional legal guidance about claiming compensation for a brain injury during childbirth, and then focus on caring for your child while we investigate whether there is a claim for hospital negligence compensation that may be worth your while to pursue.