Diagnostic errors are a leading cause of medical malpractice in children

Diagnostic errors are a leading cause of medical malpractice in children

A recent study evaluated the top causes of medical errors affecting children.  The study concluded that for those babies less than 1-month old, obstetrical errors were the leading cause of harm.  For children aged 1 month – 17 years, diagnostic errors were the predominant issue, accounting for roughly a third or more of all allegations. 

The most common type of injury was a brain injury.  A brain injury can occur due to a lack of oxygen during delivery, or due to trauma.  When a doctor fails to act promptly and in accordance with the standard of care, and harm occurs, it may be possible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover damages. 

The study also made an interesting finding – that many claims were filed several years after the complained of injury occurred.  The statute of limitations for bringing a birth injury or medical malpractice claim for a minor varies, so it is crucial to contact an experienced Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyer immediately if you believe you or your child has suffered harm due to a preventable medical error.

For more information, or to begin an investigation into a medical negligence claim, please contact the dedicated Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.    

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