Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a condition that can cause permanent blindness in premature babies if not treated properly.  It is a known risk and health workers are aware of the precautions they need to take to prevent it. If your child has lost his or her sight due to ROP, you may have a viable medical negligence claim.

The success of a medical negligence claim relies on evidence provided by medical experts that proves it was negligence that caused the injury.  To give yourself the best chance of a successful claim, you should choose a legal firm that has access to the best medical experts.  Paul du Plessis Attorneys has established an excellent reputation in this regard.

Where should you begin?

For a claim of retinopathy of prematurity, the first step is to provide as much detail as possible about the events that happened and the treatment provided. Paul du Plessis Attorneys will then obtain all of the medical records related to the case.  The sooner this is done the better.  The consultant medical experts then review these records.  They will examine if everything that was done, or not done, was in line with the standard of care to be expected.  In other words would another medical professional, in the same circumstances, have acted in the same way? Would they have come to the same diagnoses and provided the same treatment?  If it is established that the treatment did not meet the required standards of care, a claim of negligence can be pursued.

What can you claim for retinopathy of prematurity?

Every case is unique and will need to factor in the circumstances and impact of the injury sustained by your child.  The claim could include the cost of special equipment; therapies that may be required; the cost of medical treatment; the cost of having an assistant or driver; and loss of earnings. Contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys today to discuss your situation.  This firm of attorneys is passionate about securing for your child the best possible future. If your child has been blinded due to retinopathy of prematurity as a result of negligence, there are resources.

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