Infant Medical Malpractice
If you suspect that your baby has been the victim of infant medical malpractice, you may be feeling furious and want to act. Here is what you should know about birth injuries and ROP.
Infant Medical Malpractice Cases: Birth Injuries
As an experienced Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer, I am often asked about birth injuries. There are many factors that are important to know about injuries that occur to babies during the birth process. The most important factor is that you have two years from the time that you knew or reasonably should’ve known that a claim occurred. With a child, that statutory period can be extended to the eighth birthday of the child because babies can’t tell us when something is wrong and sometimes the physicians don’t discover it within that two-year period. It’s important to – you know your baby better than anybody – to talk to your physicians to find out if it was a difficult labor delivery and you feel like your baby isn’t developing normally – talk to your pediatrician about that. Learn more, and then get your medical records for further evaluation.
Infant Medical Malpractice Cases: Retinopathy of Prematurity
Many people come and ask us what ROP is. ROP stands for Retinopathy of Prematurity. When babies are born before 40 weeks, 38 weeks gestational time, the optic nerve doesn’t develop appropriately and there are procedures that are well-known that have a very high success rate for taking care of that optic nerve so that a baby’s vision is preserved. If your baby had ROP or Retinopathy of Prematurity and was not treated and has lost vision, then you have a likely medical malpractice claim.
Infant Medical Malpractice Cases: Treating ROP
Many people want to know what the treatment for ROP is, Retinopathy of Prematurity. That treatment is a laser procedure that once the baby is born still counting gestational time that there’s a window of opportunity of about a week and half to 2 weeks period where the optic nerve can be lasered so to speak so that the appropriate growth pattern of the optic nerve is preserved, and the baby’s vision is preserved.
If you have any questions about infant medical malpractice, please call our experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.