What is Pediatric Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a potentially serious medical condition. The primary victims are infants, as hip dysplasia is often sustained during the birthing process. As is best explained by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, an infant’s hips are naturally meant to loosen during the birth. However, the hips of some infants loosen up far more than they should. This can create serious long-term medical issues for the young child. The good news is the modern medicine can effectively address the hip dysplasia. Though the condition must be discovered very early for the treatment to be fully effective. Unfortunately, far too many doctors fail to diagnose hip dysplasia in a timely manner. This still happens even though doctors typically have the tools and information they need to make the correct diagnosis. A child can suffer tremendous damage due to a doctor’s negligence. If your infant has suffered hip dysplasia in Florida, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Tampa medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
Three Things You Need to Know About Pediatric Hip Dysplasia
- Failure to Diagnose is Medical Malpractice
As was mentioned, pediatric hip dysplasia cases are often about the failure to make a timely diagnosis. Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis can both cause life-altering injuries to a patent. They are also both forms of medical malpractice. Medical professionals have a legal obligation to provide their patients with treatment that is consistent with the required standard of care. When medical professional fail to live up to this obligation, vulnerable patients can suffer a tremendous amount of harm.
- You Must Prove Negligence in Order to Recover Compensation
Negligence is the fundamental basis of Florida medical malpractice claims. You can generally only recover for medical malpractice if you can establish that damage was caused by a medical professional’s negligence. Proving that your infant did not receive a timely diagnosis is not, by itself, sufficient. Essentially you must also be able to prove that the delayed diagnosis could have been prevented had another, ordinary, doctor been present. If an ordinary doctor could have likely correctly diagnosed the hip dysplasia, then you have a viable medical malpractice claim. These type of claims are always extremely complex. You need to have an experienced attorney by your side throughout the legal process.
- Future Damages are Important in Pediatric Hip Dysplasia Cases
Finally, injured victims must always consider their damages. Your infant deserves a settlement award or court judgment that fully covers the damage that they sustained as a result of the doctor’s negligence. This can be challenging in pediatric hip dysplasia cases because most of the damages are likely to be incurred well into the future. Infants often sustain serious long-term damage due to their condition. It is critical that all of these future damages are fairly considered.
Contact an Experienced Tampa Birth Injury Attorney Today
Watching your infant sustain any type of birth injury is emotionally devastating. If your infant has suffered from pediatric hip dysplasia, you need to seek immediate legal protection. Please do not hesitate to contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group today at (813) 242-4404 for legal help. Our team will review your claim free of charge and with no further obligations. We represent medical malpractice victims throughout the Tampa Bay region, including in Dover, Brandon and Lithia.