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  • Overview

    When can you make a compensation claim on behalf of a child?

    Someone under the age of 18 years can’t bring a claim for compensation themselves. An adult, usually a parent, has to act on their behalf as their 'litigation friend'. It is the duty of the litigation friend to provide instructions in the child's best interests.

    Children can be affected by a whole host of medical negligence issues.  Our overriding aim is to protect the interests of you and your child and achieve the most advantageous outcome for the long term.  We make sure your case is fully investigated and guide you carefully through each step of the claim process.

    Examples of compensation claims that can be made for children include:

    • Birth injury (including Erb’s palsy)
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Neonatology – investigating conditions and diseases during the first few months of life
    • Failure to diagnose or treat serious infections (e.g. septicaemia, meningitis and osteomyelitis)
    • Neurology - investigating conditions such as epilepsy, hypoxia and brain injury
    • Developmental issues including learning disabilities and physical disabilities
    • Misdiagnosis of or failure to treat childhood illnesses (e.g. epilepsy, diabetes)
    • Delays in diagnosis of tumours and cancers
    • Prescription errors
    • Misdiagnosis of fractures (for example a slipped upper femoral epiphysis) leading to a variety major long term problems.
       

    How we can help you with your claim on behalf of a child:

    • The size of our clinical negligence team and the breadth of our knowledge in compensation claims made for children means it is likely that we have already recovered compensation in a case with similar circumstances to yours
    • In every compensation claim, our focus is on your individual requirements. We act with extra sensitivity when working on cases involving children and understand the stresses that bringing a medical negligence claim involves for parents
    • We can help you find out why the system failed you and your child and prevent the same thing happening to somebody else
    • Compensation cases involving children can be complex and some require high levels of expertise. We create a team of specialists including:
      • the best independent case managers and consultants in the country
      • barristers known for their expertise in clinical negligence work involving children
      • clinical negligence lawyers with experience in specific types of compensation claims for children
    • We can help you with applications to the Court of Protection for appointing a Deputy to manage the money of a child who has a serious injury as a result of medical negligence or for setting up a personal injury trust
    • Our lawyers are specialists in medical negligence cases and our clinical negligence team is one of the most established, teams in the country
    • We are highly ranked by two of the most prestigious, independent guides to the legal profession 'Chambers and Partners' and 'The Legal 500'.
       

    Free initial consultation

    Contact our team of specialist lawyers for a free, no obligation, consultation and we will listen to the circumstances of your child's medical treatment, and give you clear advice on the chances of you receiving compensation in a clinical negligence claim. If we think you have a claim, we can investigate your case using the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    Call us on 01892 510 000 or fill in our short enquiry form and we will assess your compensation claim on behalf of a child.

     

          

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Any time I needed to ask a question or needed any explanation about the case, James Cahan was there at the end of the phone. He answers his own phone so I felt as though I was getting a very personal service. I was never made to feel uncomfortable or a nuisance as I had felt with an earlier solicitor. Communication was excellent throughout, using emails, telephone and letters.  

Client

My case was earlier rejected by another firm of solicitors yet Mr Cahan could see that there was a case to answer. With the expert medical witnesses which he sourced, good communication and sound advice, I felt very confident in his hands that we would get a successful outcome.

Client

Very nice people. Really made the case a lot easier to understand; they were always there to help.

Client

James Cahan's approach was exemplary, he was both approachable and understanding at all times.  

Client

As mentioned, I was very impressed at the start! As the case grew and went on, I felt completely safe, and trusted Jonathan to act in my best interests, though everything was always run by me before going ahead with anything, without the experience and knowledge.

Client

They worked as hard as possible to get me a result that I did not think I would end up with. The communication with my lawyer and his staff was excellent, and I felt at ease discussing such private matters with my lawyer, which is a rarity for me as I am a very private person.

Client

My lawyer was very friendly and easy to talk to, and I always felt he was working his hardest on my case.

Client

Oliver was very helpful and friendly, and settled the case within a short space of time.

Client

Kept me up to date with all stages of the claim. Fees were good, and Oliver was a very helpful and friendly.

Client

I would like to thank Jenny and her team for all their hard work and efforts during what has been a very traumatic 3 years.  Throughout this period, Jenny has been on hand with reassurance and advice.  At the same time, she assembled an excellent team of experts, which enabled me to reach a successful conclusion.

Client

I am so grateful to TS&P for all their work and help with my mother's case; it was a very complicated and time-consuming case.

Client

Meet The Team

Fiona Follis
Jennifer Waight
Gavin Allard
Graham Bell
James Cahan
Jessica Royle
Jonathan Herbert
Oliver Chapman
Sandra Hennessy
Sharon Lam
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