Neonatal conditions give rise to numerous claims every year. Medical negligence solicitors take legal action for compensation on a frequent basis. Most of these conditions should be obvious to healthcare professionals giving medical negligence solicitors the opportunity to claim substantial damages.
Neonatal conditions are medical problems that occur to an infant shortly after birth. All healthcare professionals who take care of new-born children including doctors, nurses and midwives should be trained to recognise the symptoms and should be on the lookout for these conditions some of which have catastrophic consequences for the victim and their families, including severe mental impairment: –
Kernicterus & Hyperbilirubinaemia
These neonatal conditions can have severe consequences for a new-born in the form of an injury that is identical to cerebral palsy. Both of these conditions are easily curable if diagnosed at an early stage by medical professionals. Failure to identify the symptoms of kernicterus & hyperbilirubinaemia thereby facilitating a cure usually amounts to medical negligence.
This condition is a dislocation of the hip joint in infants that may go undiagnosed for a long period thereby causing permanent damage which may not be possible to rectify with surgery. In general terms, the later the diagnosis, the more residual disability will remain even after surgical intervention. All those medical personel involved in the care of newborn children and infants should be aware of this relatively common condition and should be on the lookout for hip dysplasia from birth onwards. Failure to recognise hip dysplasia by healthcare professionals is often a clinical error which may give medical negligence solicitors the opportunity to claim substantial damages for personal injury.
This condition is caused by low levels of glucose in an infants blood stream which if undiagnosed and untreated may lead to brain damage. Failure to recognise the symptoms of hypoglycaemia by healthcare professionals may amount to medical negligence.