If blindness in a baby was caused by retinopathy of prematurity, it could indeed have been prevented. With proper treatment blindness as a result of this condition is avoidable. If it has occurred you could possibly have a medical negligence claim. If your baby has suffered this injury, you should speak to Paul du Plessis Attorneys. Their panel of medical experts can review the facts of your case and advise if they believe you have a viable claim. If your baby has been blinded you are going to need to provide him and her with special care. This can be costly. If those responsible for inflicting the injury provide you with compensation, you will be able to provide your child with a better quality of life.
How can ROP be prevented?
Retinopathy of prematurity is a well-known condition. Health workers are aware of the risks that this condition presents and know how to prevent blindness from occurring. The hospital, paediatrician and ophthalmologist are required to take very specific actions with premature babies because of the risks this condition poses. For example the oxygen levels in the baby’s blood must be monitored and correctly maintained. The ophthalmologist must perform an eye examination to check if any irregularities have occurred. If blindness occurs, the hospital and medical records will be used to check if all the correct procedures were followed.
What should you do?
Paul du Plessis Attorneys can help if your premature baby has been blinded by this condition. This firm manages claims in all jurisdictions. This means that wherever you live in South Africa, they can assist. Contact them today to discuss your case. It is best to take action as soon as possible as medical records are key to the claim. Hospitals and doctors are meant to keep these records but the sooner they are requested the better. If your case has merit, you can claim for a number of things. This includes costs for special equipment, therapies, medical equipment and future assistance that may be required. Blindness due to retinopathy of prematurity is avoidable and, if your child has suffered this injury, he or she is entitled to compensation.