In Southwest Florida—Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, Sarasota County, and nearby communities, if your child suffers ROP or is permanently blind from this condition, then contact me as your medical malpractice attorney right away for legal help. You may be eligible for significant financial compensation.
ROP Risk Factors Must Be Known by Health Care Providers
ROP develops in an oxygen-rich environment. Especially relevant, too much oxygen given to newborns by neonatal nurses and doctors can harm a baby’s eyes.
Notably, several factors may determine whether this disease progresses. For example, a premature baby’s overall health, birth weight, and ROP stage upon initial diagnosis are critical factors. Timely assessment and intervention follows quality monitoring high risk ROP infants.
Every premature newborn should undergo an ROP evaluation. Because, premature babies often receive supplemental oxygen to assist their lung development. However, supplemental oxygen exposure, is a risk factor in developing this disease. Moreover, we know limiting supplemental oxygen use reduces ROP rate.
Almost all infants with ROP are born at 31 weeks or less or have a very low birth weight. Accordingly, a premature birth having these factors should promptly undergo an ROP. Moreover, ongoing retinal exams should occur every 1–3 weeks until proper eye blood vessel development occurs.
Proper ROP Diagnosis and Treatment May Prevent Blindness
When ROP does not receive proper diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment, then it may progress more severe stages. Consequently, a child with preventable blindness may lose his or her chance for sight because malpractice occurs.
Health care providers, including neonatal specialists, pediatricians, nurses, and ophthalmologists, must be vigilant in their risk assessment and diagnoses. First, they are looking for proper blood vessel development inside your baby’s eyes. Moreover, they are looking for any abnormal signs and symptoms, including scarring, abnormal vessel growth, and retinal health. Accordingly, avoiding a retinal detachment is often critical.
Disease progression to partial retinal detachment, or total retinal detachment, often results in substantial or total vision loss. Unfortunately, these sad events are often preventable through quality and timely monitoring high risk premature infants.
Medical Malpractice Attorney Pursues ROP Compensation
Your child’s catastrophic injuries cause emotional distress and take their physical tolls upon you. Life changes when you hear a devastating diagnosis your child is blind. Consequently, your hopes and dreams for your child and your family’s future spill off course into depression and anxiety.
Money compensation won’t resolve all these obstacles and your new life. However, recovering significant financial compensation may help lift some burdens. Moreover, money may help provide access to new advances in medicine and technology. Finally, money may provide some measure of comfort and family financial security.
In times like these, compensation just may help a brighter future. As a Fort Myers malpractice lawyer having years experience, I know how harmful living these hardships have been on you and your family. Moreover, I know we may have some big battles ahead pursuing relief you need.
Let’s discuss your circumstances and how I may help. This initial consultation is free, confidential, personal and in-depth. Accordingly, we’ll discuss your situation and potential steps forward.