Horner's Syndrome Compensation Claims
Horner's syndrome is caused by injury to the sympathetic nerves of the face and causes a constricted pupil, drooping eyelid and loss of sweat formation on the cheek or forehead of the affected eye. This can have a marked impact, both physical and psychological, on the wellbeing of the individual, and so if this was caused by medical negligence, it is only right that compensation is sought.
What is Horner's Syndrome?
The amount of sweat we produce and pupil dilation and constriction are regulated by our nervous systems automatically, without our knowledge or control. Damage to this system will affect those automatic controls, which may become inoperative. Horner's syndrome results from an interruption of the sympathetic nerve fibres that start in the brain and run via the upper spinal cord to the face. Damage to these nerves can result from a birth injury, a congenital defect, a stroke in the brainstem, injury to the carotid artery or a tumour in the upper lobe of the lung.
Making a Horner's Syndrome Claim
Whilst a birth injury is one of the less likely causes of Horner's syndrome, it is sometimes associated with brachial plexus injuries, which may be as a result of medical negligence. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that runs from the neck, across the shoulder, through the arms to the tips of the fingers and any trauma that is sufficient to cause a tearing or rupture of these nerves may also be sufficient to disrupt the sympathetic nerves of the face. Speaking with a solicitor can help you determine whether your child's Horner's syndrome is the result of negligence.
There are well known risk factors for Horner's syndrome and a failure to identify and act appropriately could constitute medical negligence. Factors that predispose a child to this type of injury include:
- Errors when estimating the baby's weight before delivery
- Failure to perform a caesarean section
- Failure to diagnose and treat maternal diabetes
- Not informing of the risks in vaginal delivery of a large baby
- Failure to follow correct procedures for managing shoulder dystocia
- Applying unnecessary and excessive force during the delivery
Claiming Compensation for Horner's Syndrome
We are able to take many cases on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which means our solicitors are able to fight for justice on your child's behalf without any risk to you. If your child's condition resulted from medical negligence, we can help you assert your rights and get the compensation your child deserves.
Talk to Us
Contact us today and we can assess your claim and determine whether a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement is appropriate. If you would like free legal advice then simply complete our contact form and we will contact you by telephone to discuss your child's claim. Alternatively, call us on 0800 014 7481.