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
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.