Fighting to End Premature Baby Blindness
Attorneys Dedicated to Stopping Child Blindness and Raising Awareness About Retinopathy of Prematurity
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is the second highest cause of blindness in America today, affecting about 15,000 premature babies each year. Women who are pregnant and those who have recently given birth to premature babies should be aware of the necessary, crucial screening and monitoring procedures for ROP that must be conducted by a qualified professional.
A pediatric ophthalmologist should perform this screening; general ophthalmologists or retinal ophthalmologists may not have sufficient ROP experience to effectively monitor and treat this disease. Performing a necessary ROP screening timely and accurately is crucial for newborns born at or before 30 weeks gestation and weighing less than three pounds at birth. If you recently gave birth to a premature child, ask your doctor whether the pediatric ophthalmologist at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has specialized training in ROP.
ROP is a Curable Condition with Timely Screening and Treatment
Each year more than 500 babies in the United States will become legally blind resulting from ROP, and one in ten newborns diagnosed with ROP will suffer blindness or severe loss of vision unless doctors begin treating ROP as the life-altering and devastating disease that it is. Ordering the screening to detect ROP should be standard procedure for all premature babies, and the regression or progression of ROP must be closely monitored by a qualified pediatric ophthalmologist to treat the disease accordingly and prevent blindness.
However, most parents of premature babies have never heard of ROP and the severe consequences it causes to newborn eyes if the condition is left undetected and untreated by medical professionals. Many doctors are guilty of not taking the actions necessary to prevent ROP from causing blindness in newborns and other acts of medical malpractice.
Spreading Awareness While Fighting to Protect ROP Victims and Their Families
Richard M. Shapiro and the legal team at Shapiro Law Group have devoted their careers to calling awareness to this potential for harm and are attempting to take actions to remedy the problem before it leads to blindness or severe vision loss. With a depth of medical knowledge about the dangers and consequences of ROP, Richard and the firm are dedicated to wiping out this condition by spreading knowledge about the simple, preventative measures your doctor needs to take to protect your child in addition to holding all negligent medical professionals accountable for their mistakes.
As one of only a few lawyers in North America focused on representing children affected by retinopathy of prematurity and their families, Richard M. Shapiro’s colleagues often refer ROP cases to him because of his experience, scientific background and knowledge about ROP and medical malpractice. If your baby or a child in your family is blind or visually impaired because of ROP, reach out to the attorneys of the Shapiro Law Group to learn about your legal right to receive the best medical care as well as your ability to seek financial assistance for ongoing medical costs, educational expenses and life-long support.