Medical Negligence

Medical Negligence

As patients, we naturally place out trust in medical care professionals and usually receive the correct treatment and advice to help with our ailments. However, if you have recently visited your GP surgery, a clinic or hospital and feel that your health has been affected following incompetent care or lack of judgement, you could be entitled to compensation for medical negligence (sometimes referred to as clinical negligence).

Medical negligence is too wide a field to comprehensively list all of the types of injuries which fall within this area. At Zen Law Solicitors we have specialist lawyers who deal with different types of medical negligence claims including:

GP & Community Health Claims

Our doctors and community healthcare professionals are often our first port of call when we are unwell. Unfortunately, these people can make mistakes just like everyone else and patients can be left with serious and long-lasting health problems as a result.

If your GP or a healthcare worker made a mistake and you have suffered injury or illness as a result, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Whether they gave you bad advice, the wrong treatment, or made a misdiagnosis, we have the expertise needed to help you make a claim for the injuries you or a loved one have suffered.

Medical mistakes can have devastating consequences. If you have been left unable to work because of your injuries or illness, your compensation can help you pay the bills and look after your family.

We can help you prove that your injuries or illness were caused by errors made by a professional. We help you with claims against:

  • GPs
  • District nurses
  • Nursing homes
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Community midwives

 

Some of these people, such as your family doctor, are people you’ll visit again and again over the years, whereas others, such as physiotherapists, might only be working with you on a specific health complaint. Regardless of this fact, any of these professionals have a duty to look after you properly. If they cause you injury or illness during your treatment, you should consider a claim to put you back in the position you would have been had they not made an error with your treatment.

If you have suffered an injury or illness because of a mistake by a healthcare professional, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you with your claim.

Eye Related Claims

Due to an ever-increasing demand for laser eye surgery treatment, there has inevitably been an increase in providers of this treatment. The procedure is often used to correct long or short-sighted vision and the results are usually successful.

However, while most eye treatments are conducted to a high standard, unfortunately not all patients receive the service they deserve. If your eyes are damaged during laser eye surgery or an alternative treatment, you may be entitled to compensation. Problem can arise and some of the most common complications include

  • Dry Eyes
  • Night vision difficulties
  • Corneal scarring
  • Corneal infection
  • Corneal haze (long term mistiness of vision)
  • Astigmatism, causing ghost or double vision
  • Ptosis (eye lid drooping)
  • Over or under correction
  • Blindness in very rare cases

In extreme cases eye surgery accidents can be devastating and life-altering for both yourself and your loved ones. Our expert medical negligence team will fight hard to make sure that you receive the right compensation to make certain you get the support you need, long-term.

To find out whether you are entitled to compensation for an eye-related claim, please contact us today.

Adult Brain Injury Claims

Traumatic brain injuries have life changing implications for an individual and their family. A serious head or brain injury can leave you with physical problems such as impairment of movement, balance or speech and “cognitive impairment” such as poor memory or attention and personality changes. While physical problems are obviously very difficult to adjust to and can put real strain on your daily life, cognitive and personality changes can also put a strain on your work and your quality of life.

We understand that the needs of an individual can increase significantly following the onset of a traumatic brain injury. It is likely that you or a loved one will need round-the-clock care and assistance and therefore your compensation must account for this including any money that you have lost or had to pay out. You may even have had to leave your employment to care for a loved one who has suffered a brain injury and we can also help you recover your losses regarding this.

Quality care, treatment and rehabilitation are essential to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of a brain injured person. Our expert brain injury solicitors can help on a no win, no fee basis – contact us today for free, no obligation advice.

Cerebral Palsy and Child Brain Injury Claims

If your child has suffered a head or brain injury, we realise just how much of an impact it will have, not only on their lives but also on the lives of the whole family. Children with cerebral palsy often have difficulties with movement, hearing and speech problems and can also have learning difficulties. In cases where brain damage occurs during birth resulting in cerebral palsy, it may be possible to claim compensation. Our expert birth injury solicitors can work with you to find out what happened during birth and if we find evidence of incompetent care, for example if the child was unnecessarily deprived of oxygen, we could help you to claim.

Cerebral palsy claims can be complex and you need solicitors who understand the condition and have experience of helping others to claim. At all times, you can be sure that we will work tirelessly, sensitively and with dedication to help you and your family achieve a positive outcome.

Serious head and brain injuries can have a huge impact on a child, their education and future prospects, and the consequences are felt by the whole family. Children under 18 cannot deal with their own compensation claim, but an adult (usually a parent) can deal with one on their behalf. We will make sure you’re kept up to date at each step of the claim in clear, easy-to-understand terms.

Please contact us today to discuss your claim with us and we would only be too happy to help.

Pregnancy and Birth Injury Claims

Pregnancy is usually a joyous time every pregnancy and the birth goes smoothly. However, a difficult or mishandled pregnancy or birth can result in life-changing consequences for mother, baby and the family as a whole.

If you believe that you or your child have suffered an injury during pregnancy, childbirth or a gynaecological procedure, our lawyers will help you fight for the compensation you deserve. We can help you gain the compensation, closure and the support you need to cope with whatever the future may bring.

Complications can include:

Ante-natal errors – Despite highly advanced scans, medical professionals can miss serious problems or very rarely misdiagnose problems with a healthy unborn baby. Errors made at this stage can have huge consequences including misdiagnosed miscarriage, major unexpected conditions in the baby and even stillbirth.

Errors during birth – Damage from medical instruments, anaesthetics or inadequate suturing can affect the health of both mother and baby. For the mother, serious gynaecological damage can occur. Meanwhile, for the child, there are many potential injuries which can be caused. These include cerebral palsy, brachial palsy, brain injury, facial paralysis, spinal injuries, fractured bones and perinatal asphyxia.

For free, no obligation advice to see whether we can help you with a potential claim please contact us today.

Orthopaedic and Amputation Claims

Fractures and injuries to bones, joints and ligaments are managed by Orthopaedic surgeons and are usually treated successfully. However, sometimes the treatment can be negligent and can lead to prolonged suffering and the need for long-term rehabilitation. Common treatment errors include failing to properly diagnose and treat the following conditions:

Fractures including misreading x-rays

  • Spinal Injuries
  • Joint reconstruction
  • Trauma
  • Infections and tumours of the bone
  • Soft tissues injuries
  • Congenital conditions (conditions from birth)
  • Misdiagnosis of an illness
  • Surgical error

If you feel that you or a member of your family may have an Orthopaedic injury claim, contact us for a free consultation and we’ll be happy to help you.

Inquests and Fatal Claims

When a loved one dies, it can be an extremely distressing experience. That experience can be more distressing in circumstances where the cause of death isn’t clear or it was very unusual. If somebody close to you has died while undergoing medical care or treatment and you suspect the appropriate steps were not taken to prevent their death, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

We are here to help you find out what happened and why. If negligence is proven, we can help you to recover the compensation you are entitled to following the negligent act or omission. We will also help you seek answers from those responsible and ensure that steps are put in place to stop anybody else suffering in the same circumstances.

You may find that a loved one’s death may be reported to a coroner, who might decide to hold an inquest. An inquest is held to establish the facts surrounding a suspicious death and quite often a report may also be available from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). We will always undertake every enquiry possible to get you the answers that you want.

For further information about making a claim, please contact us today for a free, no obligation discussion about your case.

Prescription and Administration

Prescription or medication errors occur in the NHS each and every year.

Many medication errors cause harm only for a short period, but some result in serious injury, illness and even death. Prescription mistakes can be made by GPs or hospital doctors writing the wrong letter on a prescription or chart; or by pharmacies giving out the wrong drugs. Most dispensing errors occur at the chemist although a growing number are now taking place in nursing and care homes.

Common prescription drug error mistakes include:

  • Wrong patient
  • Wrong dose/strength of a drug sometimes leading to overdose
  • Wrong drug
  • Incorrect labels
  • Computer error
  • Warfarin/Heparin dose errors leading to pulmonary embolism and death
  • Drugs administered intravenously instead of intramuscularly

Children are particularly vulnerable to prescription or medication mistakes. When prescribing or dispensing drugs to a child, it’s important to always consider their age and weight to determine a safe dosage. Sadly, this is not always done by the doctor.

It is therefore extremely important to check both the prescription to make sure that the medication is an exact match to the prescription note and also to obtain a second opinion from either a GP or a pharmacist if you suspect that the medication prescribed is unsuitable.

If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a prescription drug mistake, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

If you have suffered as a result of misdiagnosis of cancer or failure to diagnose cancer, and someone has been negligent, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim.

It is widely recognised that early diagnosis of many types of cancer can lead to much more effective treatment and lower mortality rates. Doctors have to be aware of the possibility of cancer, taking into account your family history and environmental and lifestyle factors, when they examine you in relation to a wide variety of symptoms. Therefore, early detection can be critical to a patient’s chances of survival and if there are any delays then this could affect the patient’s prognosis.

Medical negligence claims involving cancer often involve one of the following factors:

  • Failure to diagnose – this can be due to your doctor either missing or misinterpreting your symptoms or misinterpreting test results
  • Delay in diagnosis – this can be caused by delayed referrals to specialists, delays in carrying out a biopsy or failure to act quickly enough in reaction to test results, as well as many other factors
  • Misdiagnosis – some patients are diagnosed as having cancer when they do not. This can lead to them having to endure difficult and painful treatments such as chemotherapy unnecessarily

Some of the more common types of cancer where claims arise are breast cancer, colon and bowel cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, leukaemia and lymphoma.

The value of your claim will depend on a number of factors including:

  • The nature of the illness
  • Whether you recover fully from the illness or if it has a long term effect on your health and wellbeing
  • The amount of any losses you incur as a result of the injury

If you or a loved one have suffered because of avoidable delays in diagnosing cancer, please contact us today for free, expert advice.

Delayed Treatment Claims

Delayed treatment can arise where a medical professional has either misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose an injury or illness altogether, which can have adverse consequences on the patient. This can result in an increased period of pain and suffering or even a missed opportunity for medical intervention which would otherwise have resulted in a much better outlook for treatment of the injury or illness.

A misdiagnosis of illnesses can fall into two categories. A medical professional can either fail to diagnose a condition and delay a diagnosis or alternatively, a condition can be diagnosed which later turns out to be incorrect.It is important to establish that the outcome of the diagnosis would have been different if you were diagnosed earlier.

Delayed diagnosis not only affects the patient but also their dependants, families and loved ones who may suffer psychologically and financially. Common causes of misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis can include failing to respond to test results, failing to refer the patient for treatment at an early stage, reading an x-ray but failing to spot a fracture, failing to read or report on a x-ray and failing to prescribe medication at an early stage.

If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a delay in the right treatment being provided to you, please contact us for a free, no obligation discussion.

Cosmetic Surgery Claims

Although the majority of patients greatly benefit from the positive effects of cosmetic surgery, the industry lacks regulation and, sadly, negligence in cosmetic procedures (both surgical and non-invasive) can occur.

This is because no surgical procedure comes without risk, and issues such as scarring, wound infection, and dissatisfaction with results can arise without any medical negligence having taken place.

You may have a claim for cosmetic surgery compensation if the following has taken place:

You didn’t receive enough information about the risks of the procedure
The cosmetic procedure was not performed to the expected standard
A defective product was used (a faulty or damaged implant for instance)
There was a failure to provide adequate aftercare
When negligence does occur, the consequences can be devastating. Claims can arise from:

  • Facelifts
  • Breast enlargement or breast reduction
  • Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
  • Brow lifts
  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Tummy tucks or gastric band surgery
  • Other complications of surgery, such as damage to nerves, arteries and organs

There can be further complication after the treatment has taken place. This can occur where doctors and nurses make mistakes while patients are recovering from cosmetic/plastic surgery. Common errors include failing to notice that a patient is developing an infection.

Contracting an infection is not always down to negligence, but medical staff failing to note the signs of infection may be considered as falling below the treatment standards you can expect. Neglected infection can be much worse than infection treated early.

If you have suffered as a result of negligence before, during or after a cosmetic surgical procedure, we can help you to investigate your claim so contact us today.

MRSA and Hospital Infections

Hospital infections such as MRSA and Clostridium Difficile have recently been given a lot of media attention. While these infections exist in the wider community, they are particularly dangerous in a hospital environment because of the presence of open wounds and the vulnerability of many hospital patients to infections.

Hospital infections claims for superbugs (like MRSA and C difficile) arise in a number of ways:

  • Delays in recognising and treating infection
  • Inappropriate treatment once the infection was detected
  • Proceeding with elective operations when an infection is present
  • There was a failure in care such as inappropriate use of antibiotics, poor wound care, or a lack of monitoring

We may be able to assist you in making a claim for acquiring such infections and the knock on effects which they have on your prolonged recovery period, perhaps the need for further surgery or loss of earnings.
If you or a loved one developed an infection while in hospital (such as MRSA or C Difficile) we can help if you contact us today.

Sports Injury Claims

Sports injuries are a common occurrence and generally accepted as being a risk of participating in sports. Physical sports and activities can often carry with them a certain level of risk for those participating. A person agreeing to play sports is considered to have consented to this natural level of risk of injury but if an injury occurs that is not part of normal play, however, it may be possible to claim for injury compensation.

It is not only professional sports people that are entitled to claim compensation when they are injured whilst taking part in a sporting activity. Anyone who suffers a sports injury, whether taking part on a professional, semi-professional, amateur or recreational basis, should be entitled to claim compensation if someone else is the cause of the incident.

Activities involving the risk of a sporting injury include winter sports (such as skiing or skating), athletics, water sports, swimming, football, Rugby or other team related sports, exercise classes, fitness clubs or gymnasiums, motor sports, taking part in physical education at school or taking part in physical exercise/training in the military. Some specific examples of sports injury claims that may occur are:

  • Reckless or dangerous conduct by players
  • A dangerous defect present on a pitch, court, equipment or other sporting facility
  • If a referee or umpire did not fulfil their duty to make all reasonable efforts to prevent unnecessary risks
  • Poor supervision or training where it would normally be required
  • Unsafe or badly maintained equipment and facilities
  • Incorrect instructions from an instructor or trainer

If you would like us to review the circumstances of your sport injury to let you know if we can help, please contact us today.

Nursing and Care Home Claims

Traditionally, we place our trust in nursing care and generally we receive an excellent level of service. However, the widely documented abuse of the elderly has recently come to the forefront and can be a distressing and devastating experience. This is not just limited to sexual or physical abuse. Many care home and hospital care claims can deal with the effects of financial and psychological abuse, including neglect and bullying claims. It can be a difficult process for someone to make a care home claim and often they fear the consequences of coming forward and seeking justice, especially if their loved one is still in care.

Any kind of abuse can have lasting, damaging effects on a person’s life and those who come forward to report experiences of abuse or neglect find it difficult to discuss their traumatic experiences. There are a number of circumstances where nursing negligence or abuse could occur, and these include:

  • Failure to adequately assess and monitor a patient’s condition
  • Failure to promptly respond to a patient’s deteriorating condition
  • Making errors regarding patient treatment or medication
  • Failure to sufficiently record patient information
  • Misuse of medical equipment
  • Failure to inform consultant of relevant information
  • Failure to fulfil doctor’s instructions
  • Failing to listen to the patient’s concerns and acting upon them
  • Failing to provide regular nourishment
  • Failing to check on the patient on a regular basis

Please be assured that our team of dedicated lawyers will treat your claim with the care and sensitivity it deserves. If you would like to talk to someone regarding your claim please contact us today.

Dental Negligence Claims

A visit to the dentist can be a very unnerving experience for many people. Although most dental surgery is performed to a high standard, there are times when things go wrong which is where we can help you claim compensation. Your dentist has a duty of care to carry out work to a certain standard, and if work carried out falls below this standard then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Dental negligence claims can be made for a variety of different reasons including misdiagnosis of a condition, not treating a condition correctly, or careless dental work by your dentist such as extraction of the wrong tooth or injury during treatment.

Dental negligence to your teeth and gums can be caused in a number of ways, including damage to teeth and jaw, tooth decay, removal of teeth, gum disease or periodontal difficulties, crowns and bridges, root canal therapy, orthodontics and wisdom teeth removal and veneers.

To speak to a member of our team, please contact us today for some free, no obligation advice.

Surgical Error Claims

The vast majority of operations performed in the UK are extremely successful. However, occasionally mistakes are made at the expense of the patient.

Undergoing surgery is stressful enough without finding out that something has gone wrong during the operation. Where injuries are sustained from negligent surgery, a number of complications may result. Some may result in painful symptoms in need of further corrective surgery, whilst others may lead to life-long disability. The patient is still likely to need time off work to recuperate, resulting in lost earnings, whilst the suffering caused by the symptoms alone can elicit psychological consequences.

The most common types of surgical errors are:

  • General Surgery Claims
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Claims
  • Gastroenterological Surgery Claims
  • Cardiac Surgery Claims
  • Gynaecological Surgery Claims
  • Hysterectomy Complications Claims
  • Urological Surgery Claims
  • Anaesthetic Errors Claims
  • Failed Sterilisation Claims
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Claims
  • Neurosurgery Claims
  • Ophthalmological Surgery Claims
  • Silicone Implants Claims
  • Organ Surgery Claims
  • Fracture Corrective Surgery Claims

If you have been harmed by the negligence of a surgeon, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. If you would like to have a free, no obligation discussion with one of our lawyers, please contact us to see how we can help.

Accident and Emergency Claims

Given the very diverse range of injuries that present in these departments, there is a wide variety of circumstances giving rise to accident and emergency claims. Despite the high-pressure environments of A & E departments, you are still entitled to the highest standard of care. However, when this care falls below what you would expect, you or a loved one may be entitled to make a claim for any additional injury or illness suffered.

Some of the most common claims may include the following:

  • Failure to correctly investigate and diagnose
  • Failure to act appropriately on results of investigations
  • Failure to treat properly or operate where necessary
  • Failure to refer appropriately for further investigation and treatment
  • Wrongful discharge or failure to note deterioration
  • Delay in investigation/treatment
  • Mistakes during surgery
  • Inadequate management of care after a surgical procedure
  • Not examining a patient properly or noting their symptoms
  • Not carrying out correct investigations including X-rays, scans and blood tests

If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of negligence treatment during or after an Accident and Emergency admission, we can help you to investigate your claim so contact us today.

Diabetes and Endocrinology Negligence Claims

Diabetes can be a very difficult condition to live with but can be very manageable thanks to advances in treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes a patient who presents with symptoms indicative of diabetes and a patient may not always be treated correctly. Endocrinology is the study of disorders of the endocrine system, which includes the thyroid gland, adrenal gland, pituitary gland, parathyroid glands and the pancreas by endocrinologists. Specialists in diabetes are also known as diabetologists.

Clinical negligence cases in this area may involve the delay or failure in diagnosis of an endocrine condition or the inappropriate treatment of that condition and its underlying cause.Short term complications include:

Ketoacidosis (DKA) which happens because of a lack of glucose entering the cells where it can be used as energy. Ketones are very harmful and the body will immediately try to get rid of them by excreting them in urine. Consequently, when ketones are present and blood glucose levels are rising, people often become increasingly thirsty as the body tries to flush them out.

Hyperglycaemia, or Hyperosmolar Hyperglycaemic State (HHS) which occurs in people with Type 2 diabetes, who may be experiencing very high blood glucose levels (often over 40mmol/l). It can develop over a course of weeks through a combination of illness, dehydration and an inability to take normal diabetes medication due to the effect of illness. Symptoms can include frequent urination and great thirst, nausea, dry skin, disorientation and, in later stages, drowsiness and a gradual loss of consciousness.

Long term complications are more serious and include heart disease and stroke, peripheral vascular disease, retinopathy (eye damage) and neuropathy. If left untreated or poorly managed, diabetes can cause a number of different threatening conditions.

If you believe you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a delayed diagnosis of diabetes, you could be entitled to claim compensation. For a free, no obligation discussion, please contact us to see how we can help.

Medical Product Liability Claims

Surgery should not be carried out lightly, or before attempting to solve the problem using non-surgical means. It is vital to use components that are proven to be reliable in order to avoid problems from product failure, which can be very painful and debilitating. Patients suffering from problems with medical products can make a product liability compensation claim against the manufacturer of the product or the hospital responsible for maintaining that product.

Such medical establishments have a legal obligation to ensure that all components of any device used, in respect of a patients care, reach an industry standard, which minimises the risk of error or malfunction. Where these products have been fitted, and complications have occurred, or the device has malfunctioned, it can cause considerable pain and discomfort, a negative effect on health and wellbeing, and in most cases, the need for further surgery to reverse the damage.

It is vital that medical technicians have proven evidence to suggest that all medical products are reliable, and compatible, with the patient in question, where this has failed to happen, you may be entitled to make a medical product liability claim for compensation.

Medical products that most commonly defective include:

  • Ankle joint replacements
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Faulty heart devices such as pacemakers and valves
  • Breast implants
  • Cosmetic implants
  • Insulin pumps
  • Surgical mesh
  • Medical equipment used during treatment

In circumstances like these, you may feel that you have a claim for compensation. If you would like to have a free, no obligation discussion with one of our lawyers, please contact us to see how we can help.

Ambulance Services and Paramedic Negligence Claims

If you have been the innocent victim of clinical negligence by the ambulance service then you could be entitled to compensation if this has resulted in yours or a loved one’s increased suffering. The most common type of ambulance service and paramedic negligence claims include:

  • Failure to treat quickly enough or at all
  • Incorrect treatment following a misdiagnosis
  • Incorrect medication being administered
  • Delay in treatment caused by a delayed diagnosis or a failure to reach the hospital
  • Failure to respond within time to reach the accident scene
  • Failure to prevent further harm by stabilising a patient in the correct way

The type of injury can vary from minor delay in treatment to the most serious of injuries and even death. We appreciate that making a claim against the ambulance service is a difficult thing to do but it can be argued that it is only by making such claims that the NHS will stop making such errors.

The consequences may not just be physical. Potential financial difficulties where time is taken off work for an incorrect diagnosis must also be considered, together with stress which might also adversely affect a patient’s mental wellbeing.

If you believe you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a negligent emergency treatment, you could be entitled to claim compensation. For a free, no obligation discussion, please contact us to see how we can help.

Blood Transfusion Claims

A blood transfusion is the process of administering blood into a patient that has been taken from a donor who is normally a healthy person. Generally a blood transfusion plays an essential part in improving treatment and saving lives of patients who have lost blood during an accident. Unfortunately, blood transfusions can go wrong.

The main risk in receiving a blood transfusion is receiving the wrong blood type and/or infected blood. Safeguards are in place in all hospitals to ensure that mistakes do not happen. However, sometimes these safeguards fail and mistakes happen. When this does occur it can have serious or even fatal consequences. In cases where a transfusion is given using contaminated blood from someone who has a blood borne virus, the recipient may then contract that illness. Examples of these illnesses include HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B.

If you have been given the wrong blood type and have suffered an illness or injury because of this, it is normally considered to be negligent and a claim can be brought. It is important to show not only that there has been negligence on the part of the hospital or medical practitioner involved, but also that this has caused some form of injury to the patient. Some side effects of receiving a blood transfusion are perfectly normal and an expected part of receiving this treatment. If you are unsure if the treatment was carried out safely and appropriately call us now and we can discuss your concerns and advise you appropriately.

If you believe you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a negligent treatment, you could be entitled to claim compensation. For a free, no obligation discussion, please contact us to see how we can help.

Cerebral Palsy Claims

Cerebral palsy is the term that describes a group of long-lasting, non-progressive conditions that affect body movement and muscle co-ordination. It is caused by damage to one or more parts of the brain.

Most cerebral palsy claims will involve allegations that there was a failure to deliver a child when there were indications of stress. A delay in delivery of a child may result in the child being deprived of oxygen which can cause cerebral palsy. It may be that the obstetrician or midwife failed to interpret the CTG trace correctly. This in turn could result in a delay in delivering a child and result in oxygen deprivation.

In addition, cerebral palsy may also be caused after delivery of the child due to a number of reasons, including missed bowel obstructions, infections or Kernicterus. The main causes of cerebral palsy, however, through medical negligence include:

  • Delay in delivery causing deprivation of oxygen
  • Failure to diagnose or treat low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
  • Failure to diagnose or treat jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus)
  • Delay in diagnosis or treatment of serious medical conditions such as meningitis

If you have concerns that an event, either during your baby’s delivery or shortly after, may have caused or contributed to their injuries, please contact us for advice because we will make sure your claim is investigated thoroughly and promptly.

Mental Health Claims

Medical institutions have a duty of care to all of their patients including individuals with psychological health concerns. When this duty of care falls short, people who already have mental health illnesses can suffer additional injury, leading to emotional distress, long-term health issues or psychological problems that did not previously exist, or even in extreme circumstances death.

In these circumstances, mental illness compensation can be claimed. If you or a loved one have suffered a mental health injury while being looked after by healthcare providers, you may be able to make a claim. These include:

  • Mental health injuries and illnesses during hospital stays
  • Negligence during mental health treatment
  • Inadequate care by psychiatric service providers

We understand that incompetent medical care and treatment can make an illness or condition worse, which is often devastating. At Zen Law Solicitors, we will deal with your claim with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity. We will listen to your concerns sympathetically and put your needs above all to ensure that you receive the appropriate medical care as soon as possible.

No case is too unusual and even if you do not think your claim is covered by any of the above, you should complete our Online Enquiry Form and one of our specialist lawyers will call you back as soon as possible.