Our Atlanta Pediatric Malpractice Lawyer Outlines the Duty of Care to Children
As in other states, all doctors and other healthcare providers owe a duty of care in Georgia. This means that they must treat their child patients according to the standards established by the medical community. If the quality of a pediatrician’s or other provider’s care falls below these standards, then this justifies a claim for pediatric malpractice.
As a parent, it can be hard to know whether a doctor’s diagnosis or treatment constitutes malpractice. If your pediatrician has been practicing medicine for years (or decades), you might be inclined to give him or her the benefit of the doubt. But, the reality is that doctors make mistakes, and it only takes one mistake to cause a lifetime of consequences.
There are Many Forms of Pediatric Malpractice
Like all forms of medical malpractice, pediatric malpractice can take many different forms. Diagnostic mistakes and treatment mistakes are both alarmingly common, as are administrative errors and other types of errors that can lead to child patients receiving improper, unnecessary or substandard care. Some of the most common forms of pediatric malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosing common childhood conditions such as appendicitis, bone fractures, meningitis and pneumonia
- Misdiagnosing less-common childhood conditions such as cerebral palsy, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cancers
- Failing to properly treat birth injuries diagnosed during pregnancy or after delivery
- Failing to diagnose allergies, infections, sepsis and other potentially dangerous health conditions
- Failing to monitor child patients and detect allergic reactions or other negative health outcomes
- Delayed diagnosis of health conditions that get worse due to untimely treatment
- Prescribing incorrect or unnecessary medications, or prescribing medications in the wrong dosages or quantities
- Surgical errors during appendectomies and other procedures
- Treatment errors that result in permanent disability or disfigurement (such as failure to set a broken bone properly)
- Recordkeeping errors that result in patient mix-ups, wrong-site surgeries and other medical mistakes
Again, these are just some of the most common examples. There are many different forms of pediatric malpractice that can lead to significant, long-term, permanent or even fatal consequences. If you have any reason to suspect that your child’s healthcare provider has made any type of mistake, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys promptly.
What To Do (and Not Do) If You Suspect Pediatric Malpractice
If you suspect that your child has suffered due to a medical mistake, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. But, help is available, and making the right decisions now can improve your child’s chances of recovery while also helping to protect your family’s legal right to just compensation. With this in mind, here is what to do (and not do) if you suspect pediatric malpractice:
Seek Treatment for Your Child from Another Healthcare Provider
If you suspect pediatric malpractice, you need to ensure that your child receives professional medical care. At this point, this means seeing another healthcare provider. If your pediatrician has his or her own practice, you can choose another local pediatrician or take your child to the hospital. If your child was receiving treatment at a hospital, then you will want to go to another facility—not just another doctor at the same hospital.
Do Not Let Your Doctor’s Office Talk You Out of Seeking Help
Some doctors will try to talk families out of seeking help when they make mistakes. This might be because they sincerely believe that they can correct their mistakes, or it might be because they don’t want to face liability for pediatric malpractice. Regardless, right now, you need to do what is best for your child and your family, which means seeking help from other professionals.
Keep All of Your Child’s Medical Records
Be sure to keep all of your child’s medical records that you currently have. Put them in a file, and keep the file in a safe place until you can share it with your attorney.
Talk to an Atlanta Pediatric Malpractice Attorney
To recover financial compensation for pediatric malpractice, you will need to hire an attorney experienced in handling child injury claims against medical providers and their insurers. We have helped many families recover financial compensation, and we can use our experience to help you recover the compensation your family deserves.
Losses Your Family Can Recover After Pediatric Malpractice
In pediatric malpractice cases, families can recover compensation for the financial and non-financial costs of their providers’ mistakes. These costs can add up quickly, and, in many cases, they can continue to add up for the rest of the child’s life. When you choose our firm to represent you, our lawyers will seek to recover maximum compensation for your family’s losses, including your:
- Medical bills
- Costs for prescriptions, medical supplies and medical devices
- Costs for home and vehicle modifications
- Loss of income and benefits (including future earning capacity)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of companionship, services and support
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Speak With an Atlanta Pediatric Malpractice Attorney for Free
If you have questions about your family’s legal rights and would like to speak with an Atlanta pediatric malpractice attorney, we encourage you to get in touch. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Gilormo Injury Law, call 770-343-7101 or contact us online today.