Pediatric care is very challenging. There are many considerations that need to be factored into the treatment of a child so that the greatest level of safety and care is provided. Unfortunately, as with all medical fields, pediatric medical care can result in mistakes, despite the advancements that have been made in this field
Pediatric errors are a common occurrence in the United States with thousands of children suffering from such errors every year. When a child has been injured because of the medical negligence of a pediatrician, family doctor, nurse, or other health care professional, the results can be devastating. The child can experience life-threatening consequences and someone needs to fight on their behalf as their injuries can be life-changing and carry with them life-long expense.
Providing a child with medical care can be very challenging. Young children often cannot tell the doctor what is wrong. Therefore, pediatricians need to listen to parents and understand what their concerns are. If the parents are ignored and the child is injured, a pediatric error may have occurred.
Pediatricians can fail to recognize signs and symptoms of an illness, implement the wrong medical treatment, or misdiagnose a medical condition entirely. When this occurs a pediatrician can be held liable for any injury that results.
Children, regardless of age, can become victims of the same types of medical malpractice experienced by adults. This includes surgical malpractice, failure to diagnose, or misdiagnosis of cancer or other serious conditions. Additionally, the failure to treat a childhood illness and injuries that range from burns and injuries from car accidents, and sports injures such a concussions properly can have a life-long impact. When a child suffers an injury, the child’s family may also suffer from substantial emotional trauma.
The expense of caring for a child who has been injured due to medical malpractice can be life-long. A significant number of the children who have suffered as a result of pediatric malpractice will require expensive medical treatment, rehabilitative therapy, and professional care. Sometime this care will be required for the entirety of the child’s life. The family of this child should not have to bear the financial burden of the injury that resulted from the malpractice.
If your child has suffered a life-altering injury resulting from pediatric malpractice, contact an experienced Kingston, New York attorney to evaluate your case.
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