Treating medical conditions in children requires certain medical specialization. Pediatricians and other medical professionals that work specifically with children have usually received special training in order to become effective healthcare providers for younger people. Often, children are unable to communicate their physical issues to the adults around them, so pediatricians and others have to use careful observation and testing procedures in order to make an accurate diagnosis.
Unfortunately, like all medical professionals, those working with children have the potential to engage in medical malpractice, which is a type of professional negligence that occurs when a healthcare provider fails to meet the relevant standard of care set out by Florida law. Pediatric medical malpractice has the potential to leave victims with lifelong medical issues that can necessitate further medical treatment and have an impact on a person’s quality of life. For this reason, it is important for anyone who suspects that they or their child has been injured by the malpractice of a medical professional to talk to an attorney immediately.
Some of the more common forms of pediatric medical malpractice are listed below. For further information, call a Clearwater medical malpractice attorney today.
Medication errors are among the most common forms of medical malpractice that occur and have the potential to cause harm to children patients. These kinds of errors can involve giving a child the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage, both of which can have devastating consequences. Even if the medication given does not cause injury, a child receiving the wrong type of medication or an incorrect dosage may suffer injury due to his or her condition going untreated.
Physicians and other medical professionals who are responsible for diagnosing medical conditions have a duty to conduct a reasonably thorough evaluation of each patient they see. If they fail to diagnose a condition, a child may sustain serious avoidable injury. For example, misdiagnosis of appendicitis in a child can result in the appendix bursting, potentially causing serious medical complications that could have been avoided with a relatively routine surgical procedure.
Surgical errors have the potential to cause harm to victims. Common examples of surgical errors include leaving a sponge or surgical instrument inside of a patient’s body, poor surgical technique due to the use of drugs or alcohol, operating on the wrong body part, or even performing the entirely wrong procedure.
If you or your child sustained an injury that you believe was caused by the negligence of a pediatrician, you should call a lawyer as soon as possible. Victims should be aware that any delay could result in the destruction or loss of evidence critical to your case, an issue that could jeopardize their legal right to recover. Since 1988, Clearwater medical malpractice attorney Paul B. Genet has been helping individuals hurt by the negligence of medical professionals recover for their injuries and other losses. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Genet, please call our office today at 727-538-8865.
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