If you go to receive medical care in the UK, then you have the right to a certain standard of care. This right isn’t just reserved for adults, either – children, too, are entitled to that same standard of care. When medical professionals and institutions fail to make the grade, they are often guilty of negligence – and they can be punished through the courts.
How are the Rules different for Children?
Probably the biggest difference between children and adults when it comes to medical negligence is that children are at risk of their development being compromised, which in some cases can ultimately lead to a more significant injury. Consequently, cases of this nature need to be more carefully assessed, and take into account the long-term effects that will be felt by the child.