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Pediatric errors and medical malpractice claims

Medical malpractice often results in tragic consequences. This is particularly true when we’re talking about pediatric care leading to injuries of children.

A recent HealthLeaders’ publication article discusses the causes of medical errors involving infants and young children. It speaks of a new study demonstrating that brain injury cases account for the highest number of malpractice claims. It notes that diagnosis errors are extremely common in pediatric cases as well.

The challenges in diagnosing conditions of children

Doctors need to take a specific approach when it comes to children. Unlike most adults, children often are not able to effectively communicate that something is wrong.

Many errors are avoidable concerning the treatment of children if medical providers rely on proper documentation. Documentation includes keeping track of vaccinations, lab test results, and various medication and treatment orders. Especially since this is so much information that requires documentation, it’s a mistake for any doctor or nurse to rely upon their memory.

Also, there is no substitute for medical training. Knowing how to respond when emergencies arise is essential.

Finally, doctors and nurses need to communicate with parents and to listen to concerns. Knowing what to listen for can prevent mistakes from happening.

Understanding the cost of medical mistakes

Medical malpractice cases are complex because they often involve taking on large hospitals and insurance carriers. These facilities can afford experienced legal representation. For that reason, it is necessary to have on your side knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys who understand pediatric and birth injury cases.

The result of diagnostic and medical errors can lead to a child suffering permanent consequences and requiring a lifetime of care. This is especially true when talking about errors during birth delivery. Sadly, many of these cases lead to the death of the child. It is important to hold medical providers accountable so that such errors do not occur again.

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