With the mention of medical malpractice, most people think of high-profile botched surgeries that have made the news. Perhaps it involved a surgeon amputating the wrong foot of a diabetic patient. Maybe someone in the operating room forgot to remove a sponge, or perhaps even a surgical instrument from the body of a patient prior to closing the incision. Regardless of the specifics, someone suffered significant injuries due to medical negligence. In the examples given above, the victims of the botched surgeries are likely adults. While most medical malpractice is committed upon adults, pediatric malpractice is also a serious problem. Here’s everything you need to know about pediatric malpractice.
So, what exactly is pediatric malpractice? Pediatric malpractice is simply medical malpractice committed upon a child. Does pediatric negligence lending support to a pediatric malpractice claim occur very often? Well, an American Academy of Pediatrics study has revealed that about a third of the pediatricians in the United States will be sued for negligence during the course of their career. All physicians, whether they are surgeons, family practitioners, or pediatricians are required to provide at least a minimum level of care to their patients. This is referred to as the standard of care.
Pediatric negligence results when a doctor fails to provide care to a young patient at least to the level of the standard of care required in the area. If the treating physician failed to provide care that reached the standard of care in that area, and the young patient suffered an injury as a result, the patient has a strong basis under the law to support a medical malpractice claim against the physician.
Lawyers often utilize the services of expert witnesses, usually highly-accredited professionals in their specialized area of expertise, to present difficult to understand information at trial to help jurors understand technical complexities of a case. Such expert witnesses are almost always a significant part of cases revolving around a pediatric malpractice claim. Such cases involve a lot of technical medical information and well qualified medical experts are essential to a successful medical malpractice suit.
Finding the ideal witness should be left to the experts. As with all personal injury claims, the state of Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit. If your loved one suffered injuries due to pediatric negligence, contact Thomas J. Henry. At Thomas J. Henry, the largest personal injury law firm in Texas, pediatric malpractice is serious business. We are dedicated to holding medical professionals accountable for their actions in the state of Texas.
Your child deserves proper compensation for all damages sustained, including payment of all medical bills and compensation for pain and suffering. Our expert lawyers can assist you through the entire legal process; start to finish, getting full compensation for injuries while fully protecting the rights of your child. Thomas J. Henry has the experience, the expertise, and determination to get clients the large settlements and verdicts they deserve. Call Thomas J. Henry today at 361-221-5053.