How to tell if you have a pediatric medical malpractice case

How to Tell If You Have a Pediatric Medical Malpractice Case

You love your kids, and you’d do anything for them. Not only do you make sure they eat right and stay active, but you also ensure they see the pediatrician for routine visits, as well as when they get sick.

If you’ve taken your child to the pediatrician, but don’t feel that they received the care they should have, then you may have the basis for a pediatric medical malpractice case. In this article, we’ll answer the following questions:

  • What are some of the most common types of pediatric medical malpractice case claims?
  • What is the most common basis of pediatric medical malpractice cases?
  • How can a medical malpractice lawyer help win pediatric medical malpractice claims?

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, our medical malpractice lawyers have extensive experience with pediatric medical malpractice cases.

What are some of the most common types of pediatric medical malpractice case claims?

These are three of the most common pediatric medical malpractice case claims:

  1. Meningitis. Meningitis can be challenging to diagnose, but it’s critical that a pediatrician do so as early as possible because a child (especially an infant) can be seriously injured if meningitis is not caught early and treated adequately.
  2. Appendicitis. As with meningitis, appendicitis can be challenging to diagnose, but it’s also critical to diagnose early. The further along appendicitis is before it is caught, the more damage that can be done to your child.
  3. Medication errors. There are several different types of medication errors. The most common errors are: the wrong drug is ordered, the wrong drug is administered, or the pharmacist dispenses the wrong medicine even when the correct medicine is ordered.

Another reason to bring a pediatric medical malpractice case against a pediatrician is that they either performed a procedure on your child that you did not agree to, or they did not sufficiently explain the risks of a treatment or procedure before they performed it.

What is the most common basis of pediatric medical malpractice case claims?

The majority of pediatric medical malpractice cases are based on an allegation of negligence by a healthcare provider (usually a pediatrician) and that their negligence has caused harm.

A pediatrician is considered negligent when they fail to provide a level of care that they would reasonably be expected to provide. To prove that a pediatrician failed to provide a reasonable “standard of care” can be challenging, which is why it’s essential to consider hiring a malpractice lawyer if you want to pursue a pediatric medical malpractice case.

Some examples of failing to provide an adequate standard of care are:

  • Failing to diagnose meningitis or appendicitis properly or other illnesses after a child or infant presents symptoms. 
  • Failing to provide the appropriate medicine at the proper time.

How can a medical malpractice lawyer help win pediatric medical malpractice cases?

If you think you have cause for a pediatric medical malpractice case, there are several benefits to hiring a medical malpractice lawyer. A medical malpractice lawyer can:

  • Hire expert witnesses who can provide an opinion on the quality of care that a pediatrician should have provided.
  • Help establish that the pediatrician breached an expected standard of care.
  • Help prove that the pediatrician’s negligence caused harm. For example, a child was harmed because their illness or condition was not recognized early enough or appropriately treated early enough.

How can Sommers Roth & Elmaleh help me with my pediatric medical malpractice case?

If a negligent pediatrician has harmed your child, then you may be considering pursuing a pediatric medical malpractice case. If you are considering pursuing a pediatric medical malpractice case, then you need to retain the services of medical misdiagnosis lawyers.

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we have extensive experience navigating the medical-legal system. We have over 40 years of experience representing families just like yours who’ve been impacted by a medical misdiagnosis.

It can be emotionally and financially challenging to pursue pediatric medical malpractice cases. Your family is already dealing with the fallout of a medical misdiagnosis, and you may not feel you have the time and energy to pursue a pediatric medical malpractice case.

This is where it can be helpful to hire a medical misdiagnosis lawyer who can provide you with trusted legal advice and has significant knowledge about pursuing a pediatric medical malpractice case. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers can discuss your options with you for pursuing your pediatric medical malpractice case and provide you with the support needed to make an informed decision.

You don’t have to pursue a pediatric medical malpractice case by yourself—let our experienced and compassionate medical malpractice lawyers help you.

Pursuing Pediatric Medical Malpractice Cases

Pursuing any type of medical malpractice case can be challenging. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone—we’re here to help you fight your pediatric medical malpractice case.

Now you know:

  1. Some of the most common causes of pediatric medical malpractice cases, including medication errors and failing to diagnose or treat meningitis or appendicitis quickly enough.
  2. The basis of most pediatric medical malpractice cases is negligence on the part of a pediatrician and harm caused by that negligence.
  3. How a medical malpractice lawyer can help you fight your pediatric medical malpractice case, including arranging for expert witnesses and helping establish that your pediatrician breached an expected standard of care.

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we have years of experience pursuing medical malpractice cases, including pediatric medical malpractice cases. Our caring and knowledgeable lawyers will help you determine if you have grounds to pursue a pediatric medical malpractice case and discuss your options with you. We can help you navigate the complex medical-legal system and be an ally in your pursuit of compensation for injuries suffered by your child.

Contact Us About Pediatric Medical Malpractice Cases

Reach out to us today to arrange a free consultation about pediatric medical malpractice cases. You can call us at 416-961-1212 or contact us online. We’ll assess your legal position and discuss your next steps for pursuing a pediatric medical malpractice case. 

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