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Medical Malpractice in the Care of Children

New York Pediatric Malpractice Lawyers

With over 40 years of experience in prosecuting medical malpractice cases involving the care of children, the attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP can assist your child and family when a medical error causes serious harm and injury.

Cases of pediatric malpractice often occur as a result of an error in diagnosis. This can happen because the proper tests were not ordered, results were misread or symptoms were ignored.

Many pediatric malpractice cases our attorneys handle involve emergency room physicians, nurses or other hospital staff where proper specialists are not consulted and care is rendered by inexperienced physicians not experienced in caring for children.

Frequent causes of pediatric malpractice claims are:

  • Emergency room errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Medication errors
  • Nursing errors

Medical Malpractice is a tragedy no one can adequately prepare for, especially in the case of brain damage to children. Pediatricians and other medical personnel are frequently called upon to treat life-threatening conditions, such as brain trauma, in newborns and children. The tragic medical errors that are sometimes made can lead to lifelong disabilities.

Pediatric Medical Malpractice--A Case Study

The failure to diagnose meningitis

We have encountered cases of  medical error causing brain damage in children because an emergency room physician fails to diagnose meningitis or to take the proper steps to treat this dangerous illness. We frequently see cases of meningitis that were preventable if a pediatrician or an emergency room physician ordered a proper blood test, spinal tap and started the child on proper antibiotics.

The New York medical malpractice law firm of De Caro & Kaplen , LLP has represented children who have suffered brain injury because their meningitis went untreated. Our review of the medical records and hospital charts have revealed pediatricians and emergency room personnel who failed to take the necessary steps to make a proper diagnosis and begin the urgent treatment to stop the progression of this condition..

Deafness to Children

We have also been called to represent children who became deaf because inappropriate antibiotics were administered to them. These medications known as ototoxic medications need to be administered with great care and caution.

We have investigated medical malpractice cases where these ototoxic drugs were given without proper testing, at doses that were too high and without the required testing to determine if nerve damage and deafness was beginning to develop.

Consult with an Experienced New York Pediatric Malpractice Attorney

If you believe your child has been seriously injured from medical malpractice, medical error, or neglect by a doctor, hospital, nurse, clinic, nursing home or other health care provider, you can contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP. You can call us toll free at 1 (866)272-4652 for a no obligation consultation.

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Our Firm

shana de caro & michael v. kaplen
Partners Shana De Caro and Michael Kaplen each have spent over 40 years in the area of medical malpractice litigation.
Michael is board-certified* in the area of medical malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and serves on their board of directors.
Michael has taught courses in medical malpractice as well as trial practice techniques at St. John’s University School of Law.
Shana and Michael have been invited to lecture at hospitals and to patient groups about medical malpractice issues. Both have served as members of the New York State Supreme Court medical malpractice review panels.

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