There is perhaps nothing more worrisome to a parent than a sick child. When you take your sick child to the doctor, you expect to receive competent care. If a pediatrician commits an error, it could have serious consequences for your child’s health. At Arfaa Law Group, we understand the nuances of medical malpractice law and can apply our knowledge to use in your case. You can rest assured that we will help you seek the compensation you deserve for your child’s harm.
Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatric malpractice most commonly occurs in meningitis cases in the United States. Additionally, pediatric malpractice also occurs in appendicitis cases and errors made in medication prescribed to an infant or young child. Other examples of medical mistakes that could result in injuries include:
- Failure to diagnose;
- Failure to follow up;
- Mismanagement of infections; or
- Administration of drugs to which the doctor knew or should have known the child would have an adverse reaction.
If your child has suffered an injury or harm as a result of a pediatrician’s error, you may be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice occurs when a pediatrician causes an injury because he or she failed to adhere to the level of care that another pediatrician would have used under the same or similar circumstances. It is important to note that not every negative outcome will amount to medical malpractice. Instead, the adverse outcome must have been caused by an act or omission of the pediatrician that deviates from the accepted standard of care.
Medical malpractice claims must be filed within a certain time frame in Maryland, known as the statute of limitations. Failing to file within this time limit could mean losing your right to file a claim and recover compensation altogether.
Victims of medical malpractice are entitled to compensation under the law. The exact amount of compensation a plaintiff will be able to recover will vary depending on a number of factors, including but not limited to the severity of the harm suffered, the amount of time it will take to recover, the amount of money it will take to recover, and whether or not the parents will need to take time off to care for the child. Typically, plaintiffs can seek medical expenses, including future medical costs and rehabilitation costs, as well as pain and suffering.
When there is a medical problem with our children, we put their health and safety into the hands of pediatricians. If you believe that your child was a victim of pediatric malpractice, it is important to seek the help of a skilled Baltimore medical malpractice attorney. At Arfaa Law Group, we are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our clients. We proudly represent clients from across Maryland. To learn more about your legal rights and options, feel free to call us at 410-889-1850 or contact us online.
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