Compensation for ROP Blindness
Remedies Our Laws Afford Victims of Medical Malpractice
Parents of blind newborns face a unique set of challenges and expenses, including long-term attendant care and costs for education. Additionally, there may be skyrocketing medical bills from treatments, follow-up appointments and surgeries. Over and above these hard costs, parents of children blinded by ROP often take leaves of absence or quit their jobs entirely to care for their infants. Together, these costs of care and the lost parental income can quickly add up to millions of dollars.
Richard M. Shapiro and the Shapiro Law Group devote a great deal of their time and effort to the representation of children who are sadly blinded from retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP. No lawyer, judge or jury can truly make a child or family whole again after such a devastating injury. Unfortunately, the only remedy the law affords is monetary compensation. While our justice system is imperfect, families can improve the quality of their lives and reduce their financial burdens that were caused by preventable medical negligence.
Compensation Available in ROP and Birth Injury or Medical Malpractice Cases
By filing a lawsuit against the negligent medical professionals who caused your child’s blindness, you could receive compensation for:
Economic damages: This category of damages refers to hard costs that are direct results of the medical negligence that caused the ROP blindness. This includes:
- Past and future medical expenses, including surgeries and ongoing treatment
- Costs of hospitalization
- Education costs for your child’s lifetime
- Costs of long-term attendant care
- Loss of potential wages
Non-economic damages: This category of damages refers to real damages that are not as physically tangible as the hard costs, but they are still incredibly real. These damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of the ability to enjoy life
- Where applicable, the parents’ loss of comfort, society and attention
- Loss of the child’s companionship, society, love, affection and solace
Justice for the Permanent Harm of Blindness from ROP
One of many tragic circumstances in ROP cases is that most of the time, parents left the hospital with a blind baby and had no idea that the blindness was, in fact, caused by medical negligence. This is not right. Therefore, Richard M. Shapiro and the Shapiro Law Group will exhaust whatever resources are necessary and stay up night after night in preparation of your case for settlement or for jury trial, where that becomes necessary, in order to hold those that are accountable, whether it be doctors, hospitals or both.
Of course, no one can restore your child’s eyesight or make your family truly whole again. However, the law affords money as the only remedy possible. In addition to monetary compensation, ROP litigation forces the medical industry at large to take greater precautions and hopefully prevent this hardship from happening to other families.
Due to our contingency fees and free consultations, your child and family do not have to pay lawyers anything out of pocket. We do not take attorney fees, nor do you repay advanced costs, if the lawsuit does not result in a settlement or verdict in your favor. We deduct our attorney fees and court costs from the final verdict or settlement only. Speak to our birth injury attorneys by telephone or submit a confidential contact form on this website.