Entrusting one’s child to medical professionals for care and treatment involves a certain amount of risk. However, parents in Hawaii and all other states can reasonably assume that doctors, nurses and other medical staff members will act according to the highest levels of accepted safety standards when rendering services. If a failure to diagnose or other negligence causes injury to one’s child, a parent may seek justice by filing a medical malpractice claim in a civil court.
Parents of a young girl in another state have filed a claim against a hospital, several doctors and other medical agencies. They claim their daughter suffered physical injury due to a failure to properly diagnose her health condition. Her injuries included drop foot, which is typically a symptom of a larger problem, such as sciatic nerve damage or damage to the anterior of a lower extremity.
It would not be the first time substandard medical care resulted in injury to a child. It is understandable that parents would feel frustrated and upset upon learning that the doctors they trusted to help their child actually caused further harm. Often, such injuries require additional medical treatment or physical therapy to achieve full recovery.
The parents in this particular situation are seeking more than $50,000 in damages. One of the first things a medical malpractice attorney can do is help determine the maximum amount of damages that may be sought in a specific circumstance. Anyone in Hawaii who has been injured or become ill due to failure to diagnose a health condition may request a meeting with an attorney to discuss the process of seeking monetary judgment against those deemed responsible for their injuries.
Source: pennrecord.com, “Forbes Regional Hospital, others accused of negligence in child’s care“, Louie Torres, Nov. 29, 2016