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NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Claim

NHS
Lothian Paediatric
Audiology Claim

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Was your child affected by the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Service's failure to properly diagnose hearing loss or impairment in children?

What is the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Claim about?

A recent audit report by the British Academy of Audiology has shown significant and widespread failings in the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Service. These failures have had consequences for children and their families, and in some cases, diagnoses of hearing loss or impairment have been missed or delayed.

The errors meant the average age of a child being diagnosed with hearing loss by NHS Lothian was four-and-a-half years, far above the 109 days old average in England.

For some children the delay in diagnosis means they may now have poorer outcomes and treatment options. Out of the sample of 1,007 patient records that were audited, severe concerns were identified in 155, with moderate and minor concerns identified in many other cases. 

We know that there are children who fall outside the audit sample who have been affected by the failings identified at NHS Lothian, and the number impacted may be significantly larger than the 155 referenced in the audit report.

We’ve set up the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Claim to help families get the compensation we believe they deserve.

We would like to
hear from you

If your child attended NHS Lothian’s Paediatric Audiology Service between 2009 and 31st August 2021 and you have concerns regarding a failure and/or delay to diagnose we would like to speak to you.

With the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Claim, we will help the families that have been directly affected by the failings of the NHS Lothian Audiology Service. 

If you or someone you know was affected, please register your interest now. 

Child that may be involved in the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Service Claim

Why should you contact us about the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Claim?

Pogust Goodhead is exploring bringing legal action on behalf of those impacted. The audit has been thorough and transparent and clearly highlighted very serious concerns regarding NHS Lothian’s Paediatric Audiology Service. The consequences for those children impacted and their families, needs to be recognised.

We will work with the families that have been impacted, to try to bring a swift and just resolution that provides fair redress and support for those affected.

Get in touch with our Edinburgh team today​

Get in touch with our Edinburgh team today

Who are Pogust Goodhead?

Pogust Goodhead is a unique partnership between British, Brazilian, and American lawyers, passionate about championing justice for the victims of government and corporate wrongdoing.

The firm has offices in Edinburgh, London, Liverpool, Amsterdam, Miami and Philadelphia.

Our Edinburgh team is made up of highly skilled litigators, with a wealth of specialist experience in handling complex and high value, clinical negligence, personal injury and medical product liability disputes.

As well as within the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Claim, we are committed to helping people get access to justice in the UK and around the world. 

 

 

FAQs

No. The audit revealed widespread issues within the department, but it only involved a sample of patients. While around one thousand children were audited, we think the actual number of affected children could be as high as 20,000.  

We know that the NHS has not contacted everyone who could have been impacted by the issues identified, so if your child attended and you had any concerns about their treatment at all, we would recommend getting in touch.

We are happy to have an informal discussion with anyone who has any concerns, with no costs involved. 

Due to the widespread issues regarding treatment, we are recommending that anyone with concerns on any level speaks to a member of the Pogust Goodhead team.  

As we are still investigating this case, it would be beneficial for you to speak with us so that we can provide further information surrounding the claim and find out more about how we can assist you.

If your child attended the service between 2009 and 31 August 2021, we would like to speak to you.  

While the audit focused on the years 2009 to 2018, we are aware of cases where the issues fall out with these dates.  

We are happy to speak to anyone who has concerns and attended the department within or outside of these periods, so do not hesitate to get in touch.

Each case will be different and will require to be assessed individually, so we cannot estimate how much compensation you might receive at this stage.

The NHS have themselves recognised the long-term consequences for those who have been misdiagnosed or had delayed diagnosis, meaning it is likely that cases could result in significant compensation payments.

We want to raise awareness to ensure that those affected gain access to the specialist support they may now need.

We are acting for clients on a no win, no fee basis, which means you will not pay any upfront costs or fees for our service.  

We will only seek to recover costs in the event that the case is successful, and this will be taken directly from any compensation awarded.  

Before you complete your sign up, we will agree on a percentage of compensation that we will charge in the event the claim is successful.

We have tried to make the sign up process as straightforward as possible so that everyone can access advice. 

Simply share your name, phone number or email address, and confirm to us that you or your child were treated by the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Service between 2009 and 2021.

After you submit your details, a member of our Edinburgh legal team will get in touch with you for an initial conversation. There will be no obligation for you to instruct us as your solicitors and there will be no fees associated with it.

Yes.  

If your child is under the age of 16, whether you are their parent or guardian, you can make a claim on their behalf.  

If your child is over the age of 16, please register your interest and we will assess your situation further to help you find the best way to claim on behalf of the affected person.

The British Academy of Audiology launched an audit into the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Service, which showed ‘significant and widespread’ failings.

 Hearing loss or impairment diagnoses were missed or delayed as part of the failings, which have had serious consequences for the children and their families.

For some children the delay in diagnosis means they may now have poorer outcomes and treatment options. Out of the sample of 1,007 patient records that were audited, severe concerns were identified in 155, with moderate and minor concerns identified in many other cases.

According to the audit, the errors meant the average age of a child being diagnosed with hearing loss by NHS Lothian was four-and-a-half years, far above the 109 days old average in England.

Children’s speech and language development may have been affected long-term, and specialist support may be required for the foreseeable future.

Those affected could be eligible for significant compensation.

According to the audit, only 120 cases out of the 1,007 reviewed raised no concerns.  Concerns were found with the treatment of all others included in the audit sample.    However, only a small sample of children were assessed as part of the audit, meaning many more could be included in the department’s full patient case load.

There is therefore the potential for many thousands of children to have been affected. If you have any doubts about your child’s treatment, please get in touch with our Edinburgh legal team.

Yes. We are already speaking with families who were not involved in the initial audit, and we believe that many more people have been affected by issues within the department.

While we understand NHS Lothian  has reached out to the most severe cases included in the audit (155 cases), many more may be eligible to claim over the failings.

If you have any doubts about your child’s treatment, please get in touch.

If your child attended the paediatric audiology department between 2009 and 2021 and you have any concerns about their treatment, we would like to speak with you. The initial conversation is no obligation and there are no fees involved. It will simply give us the opportunity to hear about the issues you have experienced and to provide you with as much information as we can.

Other useful sources of information surrounding the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Claim

A helpline for families who may have concerns has been set up by NHS Lothian on 0131 465 5457.

The paediatric audiology department also has a contact email for BSL Users only: [email protected]

The National Deaf Children’s Society offer a helpline on 0808 800 8880. 

 

A support group for families affected by the scandal has been set up named FLAAG (Families failed by Lothian Audiology Action Group) who can be contacted through Facebook.

 

 

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