We trust pediatricians to do what's right for the health of our children. Mistakes in pediatric care can be life-changing and tragic.
When pediatricians make mistakes, the medical malpractice lawyers of Zucker & Regev, P.C. can help you hold them accountable.
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Common Pediatric Malpractice Claims Child Medical Negligence Cases
Injuries during child birth have a major effect on the growth and development of a child, and also impact the life of the child's mother. Cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, infections after delivery, and failure to perform a C-section are unfortunately common forms of malpractice.
Medical conditions must be diagnosed when symptoms are present, and pediatricians must exercise greater diligence if a child is at risk of developing a health issue. Sadly, mistakes are made in testing and during exams. Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose a problem can be disastrous, even fatal.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Whether bacterial or viral, the condition is highly contagious and unfortunately is very easy for children to catch. Untreated meningitis causes neurological issues and problems affecting other organs.
Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix, an organ located on the lower right side of the abdomen. Symptoms start as a fever and stomach ache, eventually becoming more severe. Children with appendicitis must undergo emergency surgery to remove the appendix (appendectomy).
Medication errors comprise a number of medical malpractice claims involving children. Examples include a pediatrician prescribing the wrong kind of medicine, a failure to note contraindications with other drugs a child is taking, and pharmacy errors regarding dosage or instructions.
When a surgeon makes a mistake, the consequences are life-altering. That's especially true when the patient is a child or infant. Surgical errors at an early age can result in disfigurement and disabilities. Even years of corrective or reconstructive treatments may not undo the harm.
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Brooklyn families deserve legal representation they can trust, especially when the lives of their children are at stake. At the law firm of Zucker & Regev, P.C., we put the needs of children and their parents first.
Gary A. Zucker has been a Brooklyn-based medical malpractice lawyer since 1984. He is a member of the Brooklyn, New York State, and American Bar Associations; the New York State Trial Lawyers Association; and the American Trial Lawyers Association. Guy S. Regev is a medical doctor and attorney, giving him insight into legal concerns and a doctor's duty of care. Dr. Regev is board certified in Legal Medicine by the American Board of Legal Medicine and was a Health Law Fellow at Brooklyn Law School.
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Effects on the Life of Your Child The Consequences of Pediatric Medical Malpractice
Long-Term Medical ProblemsA surgical mistake or a debilitating illness that was misdiagnosed may require additional medical treatment for several years. Sometimes injured children will need medical care well into adulthood.
Additional Medical ExpensesMore medical procedures means additional expenses for a household. For children who require lifelong medical care due to a pediatrician's mistakes, they'll have to shoulder these expenses throughout their adult life.
Developmental SetbacksOxygen deprivation during childbirth and other health problems at a crucial early age could lead to various physiological and psychological impairments. These can impact coordination, speech, and cognitive abilities.
Lower Quality of LifeMany children who survive instances of pediatric malpractice go on to lead fulfilling lives, yet their quality of life may not be the same as that of others. Lasting hardships are why it's important to seek legal compensation.
Aspects of Pediatric Malpractice Breaking Down Medical Negligence Claims
A Doctor-Patient Relationship
A doctor-patient relationship simply means that the patient (or in the case of a child, the minor's parent or guardian) sought medical help from a pediatrician, and the doctor knowingly accepted the child as a patient. Scheduled appointments and any administered medical treatments help establish this relationship.
When proving negligence, it's important to note the "standard of care." The term refers to the type of medical treatment that a competent pediatrician would have provided in the same situation. This covers diagnostic testing to invasive medical treatments. Failure to meet the standard of care is considered negligence.
Harm Resulting from Negligence
For a strong medical malpractice claim, the attorney must show a causal connection between the pediatrician's negligent actions and harm to the child. This harm may involve the need for additional medical procedures or the loss of a child's life. The losses and hardships linked to negligence are damages.
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Pediatric medical malpractice doesn't just affect your child: it affects your entire family. That's why the attorneys of Zucker & Regev, P.C. focus on the needs of households after a doctor's unacceptable errors.
Mr. Zucker has spent decades as a Brooklyn personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer, always putting his clients first. His dedication to the legal field has resulted in an AV pre-eminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and inclusion in multiple editions of New York Super Lawyers. Dr. Regev is a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Legal Medicine. These two achievements are held by just a select group of medical doctors who also hold legal licenses.
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Damages and Settlements in Pediatric Medical Malpractice Claims
Compensatory damages in a medical malpractice claim cover financial losses related to the pediatrician's errors, including medical bills, emotional pain and suffering, and, if necessary, funerary costs.
Punitive damages are not always awarded in medical malpractice claims except in egregious cases of negligence. These damages punish the negligent pediatrician, medical professional, or facility.
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