Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Involving Children
Despite scientific and technological advances in medicine, instances of poor judgment and human error abound. It is estimated that anywhere between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year as a result of medical mistakes; another 1.3 million individuals suffer injuries from errors by healthcare providers.
Among the most heartbreaking mistakes are those that harm a child. With adequate care, nurturing and support, children live for many years with the consequences and undergo costly medical services.
A recent study of malpractice payments involving children found that approximately 28% of those malpractice cases were diagnosis related, 10% were related to surgery, 3% involved anesthesia, 28% were obstetrics related, 22% involved treatment, and 6% were for monitoring or medication errors. The leading cause of payments in those cases was a failure to diagnose (18%). Payments were also made for improper performance by healthcare providers (9%), delay in diagnosis (9%), and improper management by healthcare providers (6%).
As a Maryland law firm concentrating on personal injury and medical malpractice claims, The Abelson Law Firm, has represented many families that have suffered the aftermath of injuries caused by medical negligence. We handle injury claims of children resulting from medical malpractice including:
- Pediatric errors;
- Birth injuries;
- Surgical errors;
- Failure to diagnose a disease or condition;
- Prescription errors / medication errors;
- Wrongful death.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the case, liability may extend beyond a doctor or nurse. Many times fault or liability also rests with the employer of a health care professional (such as a hospital), a member of a medical support staff (such as a technician), or an independent entity (such as an ambulance company or a pharmacy).
If your child has suffered a serious injury resulting from medical negligence, it is important to contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who is familiar with claims involving injuries to children. The Abelson Law Firm, has been handling medical malpractice cases for the past 35 years. We know how important it is that lifetime medical and life care living needs be met, and that the child receive the money he or requires to live a dignified and life.
The Abelson Law Firm, has offices conveniently located in Washington DC; Baltimore, Frederick, and Rockville, Maryland. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case. Please call us at (202) 499-6577 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.