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Paediatrics negligence claims

If you or your family have suffered a serious injury as a result of paediatric negligence, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation.

To speak with one of our paediatric negligence experts call 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.

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During this difficult time, we want to reassure our clients that we are open for business and working as normal. We are happy to respond immediately to new enquiries either to our enquiry line (0800 358 3848) or to an individual solicitor.

Our IT systems are robust enough for us to work from home and we are meeting current and new clients online and by telephone to deal with all enquiries. The courts, counsel and our experts are continuing to work on your behalf. We will contact all of our clients by phone to reassure you of our continuing support at this difficult time.

We realise that most of you will be in self-isolation and would like to express our best wishes for your ongoing safety and health.

Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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Paediatric claims result from mistakes in the treatment of children, including:

  • Birth injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • General medicine
  • Delay in diagnosis of congenital or developmental hip dysplasia resulting in permanent injury
  • Neonatology, dealing with diseases and illnesses early in life
  • Neurology, dealing with nervous system conditions such as epilepsy, brain injury, hypoxia
  • Endocrinology, dealing with hormone problems in children including diabetes, thyroid problems and growth problems
  • Development, dealing with learning disability and physical disability
  • Failure to promptly identify, diagnose and treat serious and fast-acting infections such as meningitis, septicaemia, osteomyelitis and tuberculosis
  • Failure to diagnose and treat asthmatic attacks or chronic illnesses such as childhood diabetes or epilepsy
  • Failure to recognise the significance of headaches and/or deteriorating sight leading to delays in diagnosis of tumours
  • Maladministration of drugs and drug doses resulting in permanent disability or death, including chemotherapy
  • Failure to correctly identify and treat fractures, generating long-term consequences with uneven or abnormal bone growth
  • Complications from tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
  • Undiagnosed seizure disorders (infantile spasms, epilepsy and pyridoxine deficiency)
  • Improper treatment of leukaemia

Birth injury following oxygen deprivation

Many medical negligence claims involving children relate to treatment during labour or birth, where injury is caused by oxygen deprivation, delayed instrumental delivery, inappropriate application or excessive traction using forceps or ventouse. These cases often involve brain injury, skull fractures, Erb's palsy and facial palsy. More information can be found in our birth injury section.

Another such category involves treatment and delays in diagnosing typical childhood conditions, illnesses and infections. If these conditions are left untreated, permanent disability or death can result. Young children are particularly at risk of injury caused by delayed diagnosis and incorrect treatment because they cannot communicate and their symptoms are overlooked.

Medical negligence involving children

Paediatric negligence claims are not limited to negligence by a paediatrician. If your general practitioner, obstetrician, nurse, orthopaedic surgeon or any healthcare provider has been negligent in treating your child resulting in an injury, then your child may be eligible for compensation.

Why choose Fieldfisher's medical negligence team?


We achieve record damages for people suffering serious injury following medical negligence. Last year, we recovered more than £200m in compensation claims.


We have more than 30 years' experience pursuing claims for people injured by medical negligence, clinical negligence, medical accidents and medical mistakes.


We are ranked top tier in leading legal directories and regularly recognised in industry awards. We are accredited by APIL, panel members of AvMA and members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.

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For a free, no obligation call with one of our medical negligence experts, please dial 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.