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What motivates parents to sue pediatricians for malpractice?

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |

When your child becomes sick, the last thing that you likely want to have to do is to take them to see the doctor. Sometimes that’s unavoidable, though. Physicians make mistakes. Your child could be harmed and lose their life as a result.

The most common pediatric medical malpractice cases are ones dealing with brain injuries. Infants are particularly vulnerable to suffering one of these because their bodies are overly fragile. Children with special needs are also at a higher risk of injury due to the unique way of expressing themselves.

An earlier study published in the Pediatrics journal captured how at least 25% of all pediatric medical malpractice claims get filed against obstetricians. The success rate for those claims is 37%, with a median indemnity payment of $250,000. Those cases typically cost roughly $100,000 to defend.

A recent study published by The Doctors Company shows that brain injuries are common among all aged kids. Those statistics reveal that at least 48% of all pediatric medical malpractice lawsuits that get filed on an annual basis involve a victim under one-year-old.

That research also shows that at least 36% of brain injury victims are children that are one or younger. Some 15% of kids represent the two to 12 age group. Teens account for 11% of brain injury victims.

Those same statistics show that children one-year-old or less have a 30% chance of death when medical malpractice occurs. Infants can become injured during the birth process. They may suffer brain damage, brachial plexus injuries, lacerations from forceps, infections and even injuries to their scalp due to vacuum-assisted deliveries.

Many kids’ misdiagnoses happen because they’re unable to articulate their symptoms. Parents may not give a detailed account of their patient history, complicating a doctor’s ability to render a diagnosis. Physicians are often left guessing what’s wrong with their young patients and test out medications and treatment options on them. There can be poor outcomes as a result of this.

Children are very resilient. They’re often able to overcome any ailments that they battle without there being any lingering ill effects. Some leave children permanently impaired, though. Most Pennsylvania doctors don’t intend to make mistakes. You should hold them accountable if they do, however, through an appropriate civil claim.