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Neonatal care

The neonatal period refers to a newborn baby for the first 28 days after its birth.

The neonatal stage of life is extremely important. Some conditions can be treated if they are picked up within the neonatal period. If left unnoticed or untreated some conditions can cause severe disability and even death to a newborn child.

What is a neonatal condition?

A neonatal condition can range from breathing difficulties to jaundice and can be extremely serious for a newborn child.  Birth injuries need to be detected during the neonatal period to ensure the child receives the necessary treatment to minimise the resulting damage which will affect the rest of their life.

There are five main types of birth injury that can occur to the child during the birthing process and neonatal period, which include:

  • Cerebral Palsy – a condition affecting the part of the brain that controls movement.

  • Erbs Palsy – weakness or paralysation of a newborn baby’s arm.

  • Hypoglycaemia – low blood sugar levels at birth which can result in brain damage.

  • Hip Dysplasia – where the leg becomes dislocated from the pelvis.

  • Hyperbilirubinanarmia and Kernictrus – as a result of jaundice which has been untreated or inadequately untreated which can lead to cerebral palsy.

Medical care and rehabilitation

Specialist care is required to assist in raising a child suffering as a result of a neonatal condition and you and your family will require support and assistance to ensure your child has the correct level of care.

Our aim is to help ensure your child’s healthcare and welfare is attended to by obtaining interim payments of compensation wherever possible to assist you with you and your child’s:

  • Rehabilitation

  • Education needs

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Aids and equipment

  • Care support

  • Therapeutic services

  • Case management.

Long-term support and care

Many people who suffer as a result of a neonatal condition require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you and your family including:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care your child may need;

  • Support workers who will visit your child on a regular basis to provide you support and help;

  • Community rehabilitation such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

  • Charities or support groups.

Our aim at Moore Blatch is not only to recover for your child the best settlement in relation to your medical negligence litigation but to ensure your child’s healthcare and welfare is a priority.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you and your child.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work caring for your child.  Our specialist community care team can also advise on rights to NHS continuing care and support and access to social care during the continuance of your claim.

Can I claim compensation for a neonatal condition?

If your child has suffered an injury as a result of medical care and treatment after birth and you think this may have been caused by the negligence of your healthcare provider you may be able to claim for compensation.  Examples of where negligence may have occurred can include:

  • Your child developing cerebral palsy following jaundice;

  • Your child suffering from brain damage as a result of failure to treat or recognise hypoglycaemia;

  • the death of your child within the neonatal period.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

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