ROP Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice
Detached Retinas in Preemies Can Cause Blindness
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when three elements are present:
- A person enters into a relationship with a doctor or healthcare provider for medical care
- The doctor or provider fails to act reasonably and/or makes a preventable medical mistake
- The patient is injured as a result
How Should Doctors Respond to ROP?
The medical community has a standard protocol for ROP diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, not following the standard protocol is negligence. According to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the American Association of Certified Orthoptists, doctors should perform up to four follow-up screenings on premature babies. Depending on the stage of ROP and other factors, your doctor should have scheduled you for up to four follow-ups:
- 1 week or less follow-up
- 1 to 2-week follow-up
- 2-week follow-up
- 2 to 3-week follow-up
My Preemie is Blind – What Can I Do?
Advancements in the health field have made large strides towards eradicating blindness caused by ROP. This means doctors must be held accountable when they fail to treat preventable conditions. When a healthcare provider fails to screen and treat ROP correctly, such errors can lead to blindness. This can result in a lifetime of physical and financial challenges.
Our law firm has successfully handled cases like these over the past 15 years. Thus, we know how doctors should handle ROP threats. We can then hold them accountable when they cause lifelong consequences for their patients. Schedule a free consultation with our birth injury lawyers to learn more.