Premature infants—especially those born prior to 31 weeks gestation—face a variety of health risks. One of these risks is retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a devastating disease caused by abnormal development of retinal blood vessels in the eyes. When not properly detected and managed by providers, ROP can cause significant damage and injury that leads to vision impairment and even blindness.
An estimated 15,000 premature infants born each year in the United States are affected to some degree by ROP. If this happened to your child, it may be a case of medical malpractice. Contact De Caro & Kaplen, LLP to learn your legal rights.
When a baby is born too soon, eye development may be disrupted. Once this happens, blood vessels may stop growing or grow abnormally, or scar tissue can develop and pull the retina loose from the inner surface of the eye. Physicians and hospitals have a duty to carefully monitor every premature infant for the development of ROP. This involves:
Early identification and treatment can dramatically improve the outlook for ROP infants and prevent the tragic loss of sight. Doctors should have the training to timely diagnose ROP and create an appropriate plan of treatment. When they fail to do so, it may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and physician.
Choosing a malpractice attorney is a difficult task, especially when you’re dealing with the heartache of having an infant with special medical needs. The first step is to learn a few basic facts about the firms you’re considering. Here are some questions parents often ask De Caro & Kaplen, LLP about our services:
At De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, we have no tolerance for medical professionals whose careless behavior results in harm to a child—especially an infant who’s just come into this world. When a physician is directly responsible for eye injuries in a premature baby, they should be held accountable. Our New York lawyers can assist you and your child if you suspect that his or her eye injuries or blindness were caused by medical or hospital neglect.
Our experienced attorneys will represent you and your child at absolutely no out-of-pocket cost to you. You are only obligated to pay legal fees if we obtain a settlement or recovery on your behalf. There’s nothing standing in your way—contact our firm today.