When A Doctor’s Negligence Leads To A Child’s Injury
A child needs special medical care, from well-baby visits and immunizations to health care following an illness or accident. Pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, and other child health specialists are trained specifically to help kids under the age of 18 stay healthy and happy.
Parents rely heavily on their children’s pediatricians to provide the best of care for their kids. When a pediatrician does not do his or her job adequately, or is grossly negligent, the outcome can be devastating and the consequences can last a lifetime.
At Gladstein Law Firm, our legal team is dedicated to helping injured children and their families stand up against doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies after a pediatric medical mistake. We can help you understand your case, file a Kentucky medical malpractice claim, and get the medical care and financial support that you need to help return your lives to normalcy.
We offer free, no-obligation case reviews for families recovering from a pediatric medical error. To schedule your meeting with Kentucky medical malpractice attorney Seth Gladstein, call us today at (800) 991-0474.
Common Examples of Pediatric Errors in Kentucky
Pediatric errors can occur in a doctor’s office during a regular visit, in a hospital, in a counseling session, or in an operating room. Some of the more common pediatric medical errors include:
- Failure to diagnose a serious medical condition (such as cancer).
- The misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition.
- The incorrect treatment of a medical condition.
- Prescribing an inappropriate medication to a child.
- Prescribing the wrong dose of medication to a child.
- Failure to refer a child to the proper specialist.
- An emergency room doctor does not respond correctly to a child’s medical emergency.
- A child’s medical condition or vital signs were not properly monitored.
- A pediatric surgical error.
- A preventable birth injury.
This is far from a complete list of possible pediatric medical errors. If your child was harmed or injured in any way by a medical professional, speak to an experienced medical malpractice attorney about your case.
The Devastating Consequences of Pediatric Malpractice
Malpractice that involves children has much more damaging and far-reaching detriments than if an adult were to suffer the same injury. When an infant or child is the victim of medical malpractice, he or she may very well be seriously injured or even injured for life. The consequences of these injuries could include:
- Expensive medical care, both now and in the future.
- Ongoing medical care, such as medications and therapies.
- Rehabilitative medical care.
- Permanent disabilities, such as brain injuries, paralysis, or nerve damage.
- The loss of the ability to care for themselves.
- The loss of the ability to work.
- The loss of the ability to enjoy a high-quality of life.
- A shortened lifespan.
- Mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.
- The need for special accommodations, such as wheelchair ramps and handicapped vehicles.
- Ongoing pain and suffering.
We have so many dreams for our children when they are born, and as they grow. One medical mistake by a negligent doctor or hospital can change these dreams forever. Even our simplest dreams, for our children to be happy and fulfilled, could be compromised. It is vital that we get to the bottom of your child’s medical malpractice case, and make certain that the at-fault parties are held responsible for their actions.
How Pediatric Medical Errors Are Different From Other Types of Medical Malpractice
There are a few key ways that pediatric medical errors differ from medical errors involving adults. First, because children are small and in the process of growing, medical errors can have more serious and possibly more permanent effects than they do on adults, especially when it comes to medication errors, brain injuries, nerve injuries, and psychological trauma. Secondly, young children are often not able to communicate how they are feeling or to notice a medical error during or after its occurrence. Even teens may have trouble understanding medical malpractice or speaking up about something that happened during their medical care.
Your Experienced Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Don’t continue to wonder if your family has been the victim of medical malpractice – your child deserves justice, as well as the financial support that will help them recover and live comfortably. At Gladstein Law, we pride ourselves on giving families of medical malpractice victims the time and attention that they need to file their claim and get the compensation that they deserve.
To speak to an experienced Louisville medical malpractice lawyer, call our offices today at (502) 855-4177 or our toll-free number at (800) 991-0474. Alternatively, we invite you to fill out our online contact information form. We will get in touch with you right away to schedule your visit with Seth Gladstein.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Client pays costs only upon recovery.