Newborn, neonatal and pediatric medication errors
The demographic most vulnerable to medication errors is the youngest. Neonates, infants, and small children are at the highest risk of medication error. Known as adverse drug events, these are injuries are suffered in the course of taking a drug. They are very common in small children for several different reasons, including:
- The weight of children versus the administered/proper dose is a delicate balance. This leaves the path open for severe and potentially fatal medical errors.
- Computerized medication administration systems may fail to create, process and print proper labels. In addition, dispensing the wrong amount of medication is common.
- Doctors sometimes prescribe medications to children even though they have not been studied and approved for pediatric use.
With so many infants being born with health problems, children falling ill, and medication being administered, extra care must be taken in order to ensure the health and safety of such a vulnerable demographic. If your child may have been the victim of a medication error, you need legal representation, now.
Children suffer from common ailments that usually can be identified easily. They tend to let us know when they are uncomfortable, and aren't the types to mask symptoms. However, some physicians find it difficult to reach a proper diagnosis for a child's ailment, and may treat them for the wrong one.
One example is appendicitis, which is very common in children. Symptoms of other infections, like kidney infections or UTIs, can closely mimic what is a warning sign of appendicitis, and therefore be misdiagnosed and mistreated. This failure to follow standards of care and reach the proper diagnosis and its accompanying treatment can end up causing severe injury and mounting hospital bills. With an infection severe enough, or a condition like scarlet fever, organs can be affected and become compromised as a result of negligence.
Children have rights to be treated under a standard of care that will benefit them, not hinder their recovery or right to their own health. Call a lawyer you can trust. Call attorney Joseph F. Brown for a free consultation. We'll help determine if you have a case, and the next steps to take to obtain justice.
You need a lawyer you can trust
You don't have to feel alone when you've been wronged by a healthcare provider. Even though someone you trusted to give quality healthcare has fallen short of expectation, we won't. Get your case moving today and contact the attorney who doesn't just work for you, but works with you. Pediatric malpractice isn't to be taken lightly, and you and your family need the reassurance and peace of mind that our firm can provide.