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Doing Everything You Can For Your Premature Baby

Parents of premature infants can spend months at the hospital watching over a baby and his or her care. Multiple doctors of different specialties are more than likely treating your infant during this time and providing you with a surplus of medical information. Our attorneys offer insightful advice that can help you make sense of this vast medical information and make a difference in the quality of care your child receives.

Pre-term Birth and Infant Blindness

Pre-term babies are at a high risk for multiple health complications. One of these complications is the development of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) which can lead to vision loss or even blindness if not properly monitored or treated.

Tips for Parents in This Situation

  • Make sure your infant is screened: If your child was born prematurely, they more than likely require diligent screening for ROP. Be certain to ask if your child has been screened, and if so, be certain to discover when, by whom and the results.
  • If your child has not been screened for ROP: Request an immediate screening—TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. Ask when the appointment is (many times, the doctor will come while the parents are away) and be there.
  • Talk to the ophthalmologist: By attending each screening, you have an opportunity to speak directly with the physician. Ask what he/she saw, if treatments are necessary at this stage, when the next screening will be, etc. If you cannot be at the appointment, call the physician and ask the same questions. This kind of diligence can make a significant difference.
  • Make certain screenings are frequent: ROP can develop and advance very quickly. A single screening each week could cause doctors to miss advancement of the condition. For some children, two to three screenings per week will be necessary.

Most doctors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will provide your baby with the level of care that is expected and required. However, vigilance on the part of the parent can help assure that every precaution is taken. In the most unfortunate cases, doctors fail to properly identify a baby as at risk for ROP, fail to properly screen/monitor, and the condition quickly advances, causing retinal detachment and blindness. In these tragic circumstances, the attending doctors can and should be held fully liable for their medical negligence.

Our lawyers at Freidin Dobrinsky Brown and Rosenblum, together with co-counsel, recovered a $38 million dollar verdict on behalf of twin boys who developed ROP as a result of medical negligence.

Our attorneys can evaluate if you have a potential claim for medical malpractice. Contact us in Miami, Florida, for representation throughout the United States. You will owe no fees unless we obtain financial compensation for you.

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