Pursuing Justice in Pediatric Malpractice

Swift and safe medical treatment is vital for children and adolescents who have an entire life ahead of them. Younger children may or may not be able to articulate or express their condition, and it’s the legal duty of a trained pediatrician to exercise a reasonable standard of care to diagnose and treat them properly.

Pediatric specialists and other medical professionals that fail at treating young children appropriately may be held responsible under the medical malpractice statutes of Florida. Our committed and energetic pediatric malpractice attorneys in Miami have the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to strongly represent parents in obtaining full recovery for the injuries, pain, and suffering their child may be going through because of the negligence of a pediatrician in Florida. 

Pediatrician Malpractice Injuries in Florida

Pediatric malpractice can devastate entire families because children’s lives are most precious to their parents. Pediatric physicians, pediatric surgeons, nurses, and any other medical professional who deals with children owe a high duty of care to their patients. The lives and health of these young children depend on the medical decisions taken by pediatricians. They are obligated to meet the necessary standards of medical care and act in a reasonably prudent manner.

These are a few common pediatric injuries that might qualify for medical malpractice claims in Florida if the pediatrician’s negligence can be established:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Back injuries
  • Concussions
  • Organ damage
  • Broken bones
  • Loss of limbs
  • Severe burns
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Wrongful death

Parents have the right to bring a Florida pediatric malpractice claim against the doctor on behalf of their child. Do not delay in consulting with a qualified Miami medical malpractice attorney if a pediatrician or healthcare professional harmed your child. 

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Proving Negligence in Florida Pediatrician Malpractice Claims

Medical care and treatment provided to children are different from the medical treatment provided to adults. Pediatricians specifically focus on the health and well-being of children. They receive specialized training to understand the signs and symptoms, even when the child is not able to explain them properly.

Unfortunately, pediatricians, like other doctors, make mistakes. The consequences can be serious enough to cause long-lasting impacts on the child’s life. Pediatrician malpractice is a type of medical malpractice, and you would need to prove the following to recover compensation:

  • A doctor-patient relationship existed, which created a duty of care
  • The pediatrician failed to uphold the reasonable standard of medical care
  • Deviation from the standard of care resulted in a breach of duty
  • The breach of duty caused direct injury to your child, which led to damages

These damages can be physical, emotional, and financial in nature. The key to most medical malpractice claims is establishing the standard of care. You need to consider how another pediatrician with a similar set of skills and expertise would have acted in similar circumstances. Pediatricians that fail to provide the proper standard of care can be held responsible for any injuries caused.

An experienced attorney will identify all responsible parties for the injury, including a pediatrician, pediatric surgeon, nurse, hospital, or some other medical facility. It takes a responsible legal team to claim the maximum possible compensation.

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Causes of Pediatric Malpractice in Florida

Medical mistakes can be traumatic events for children resulting in terrible and long-lasting consequences. Simple diagnostic errors may result in years of unnecessary and often painful treatments. In severe cases, the child may also suffer from permanent scarring or disfigurement. 
These are a few common causes of pediatrician negligence in Florida:

  • Failure to diagnose a child’s medical condition or disease
  • Misdiagnosis of the child’s illness
  • Failure to obtain complete family or medical history
  • Surgical errors leading to the child’s injury
  • Not informing parents of potential risks and complications
  • Emergency room errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Delayed or incorrect treatment of a pediatric condition
  • Pediatric injuries because of medication errors
  • Failure to consider drug interactions

Pediatricians are required to ensure reasonable monitoring and follow-up care for their young patients. This includes providing the parents of a minor with appropriate post-care instructions. 

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Florida Statute of Limitations in a Pediatrician Malpractice Lawsuit

You have two years to bring a pediatrician malpractice lawsuit in Florida for injuries sustained by your child. The proverbial clock will start ticking from the date the error occurred, or you discovered the injury. Pediatrician malpractice claims are often complex because the patient is a minor. In some cases, you may be able to push the statute of limitations, making it important that you consult with a skilled attorney as soon as possible. 

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If your child suffered injuries due to the negligence of a pediatrician or any other medical professional, you may be entitled to compensation through a Miami medical malpractice lawsuit. The experienced and dedicated attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm, who have been through the legal trenches before, can help you understand your legal rights and remedies. 

Pediatric malpractice lawsuits require a detailed understanding of complex legal statutes as well as knowledge of children’s injuries and illnesses. The extensive experience and resourcefulness of the legal team at The Alvarez Law Firm will prove to be useful when you want to maximize the financial compensation that you and your child deserve. To set up your complimentary consultation with us, call us at 877-445-7675 or use our online contact form.

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