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Pediatric Malpractice

Children are not small adults when it comes to medical care

Babies and kids are, by definition, not adults. Their growing bodies and minds require nurturing from head to toe, spiritually, cognitively, physically, and nutritionally. When it comes to medical care, the same is true: children are not adults, and their special needs must always be recognized by medical care professionals.

Babies and young children often lack the ability to communicate how they are feeling, what hurts, when the pain started, and other historical information that adults are often able to provide. Often, however, the child will exhibit signs and symptoms that help communicate to an alert provider that something may going on that is serious that could place the child at serious risk of death. A child’s inability to tell the provider what is going on is a major reason that it is absolutely critical that any pediatric medical care provider, whether a nurse, mid-level provider (P.A. or N.P.), or physician, be able to recognize signs and symptoms of potential critical illnesses in children.

Our attorneys are familiar with cases involving failures on the part of medical care to recognize important signs in children which can indicate serious brewing illnesses. These signs can come in the form of elevated or depressed heart rate, respiratory rate, or blood pressure, high fever, rash, lethargy, skin color, or changes in behavior, to name only a few. We have handled cases involving failure to recognize and manage pediatric sepsis and shock, failure to recognize and manage tick borne illnesses such as Rocky Mountain Spotted-Fever, and other failures on the part of medical care resulting in serious and avoidable injury to children. If medical professionals fail to recognize when a child’s body is communicating that he or she may be suffering from a critical illness, they place the child unnecessarily at risk for catastrophic consequences.

Medical professionals must be vigilant in recognizing signs of potential critical illness in children. Hospitals providing pediatric emergency care must have plans in place to treat anticipated pediatric emergencies, and all medical providers who will be providing pediatric care must be properly trained to recognize signs and put the plan into action. Attorneys handling these cases must also be accustomed to the peculiar features of pediatric medical malpractice cases because, as the saying goes: “children are not just smaller adults.”

If you believe an infant or child has been injured due to medical negligence, do not wait to contact an attorney. You have a very limited time in Tennessee within which to file a medical malpractice case. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact The Haynes Firm immediately.

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