Pediatric care, the medical treatment of children, is particularly delicate because children are not always able to explain symptoms, pain or problems. Pediatricians must be extremely thorough, as examination and tests are often the only clear indicators of a child’s illness. Disease is particularly devastating to a small child whose immune system and ability to fight off infection is not as strong as that of an adult. Mistakes made by a pediatrician can impact a child for the remainder of his/her life and can be life changing for the entire family. The illness or loss of a child to illness can ravage a family, especially if the unfavorable outcome of the disease was caused by the doctor failing to conduct exhaustive testing.
Medication errors are sometimes made regarding a child, and the damage can be very extensive. This is because children have faster metabolisms than adults, which means even a small amount of the wrong drug can cause serious harm and even fatality. Additionally, children may not be able to communicate the type or severity of their negative reaction to a drug. Lastly, most drugs do not have dosing information for children, so pediatricians must take extreme care when prescribing a drug to a child that, in the wrong dosage, could be dangerous.
The range of issues that can arise from pediatric error is vast, and even a small mistake can be extensively damaging to a child. When this error was made due to a healthcare provider’s negligence, he/she should be held responsible for injury to the child through a medical malpractice suit. During this, a family may recover compensation for treatment, which may be lifelong, other financial losses and pain and suffering incurred by the child and the family.
If a loved one of yours is the victim of pediatric medical malpractice, please contact our office and speak with a member of the firm. The applicable statute of limitations is likely already running, so timing can be critically important to your case. Contact us today for a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation.
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