If you feel your premature baby has not received the adequate level of post-natal care, you are entitled to lodge a negligence claim. Pretoria legal firm, Paul Du Plessis Attorneys can assist. This claim can be against the hospital or the healthcare providers involved if the baby has suffered permanent injury or in the worst-case scenario, death, as a result.
The birth of your baby should be cause for celebration but in the case of a premature birth, the major concern for the specific health complications your baby faces can overshadow this joy. By virtue of being born prematurely, your baby is more vulnerable to certain conditions and as such requires specialised post-natal care.
Fortunately, general medical and paediatric care has made significant advancements over the past decades, to the point where many of the risks premature babies face are contained and so permanent injury can be avoided. Of course, the available treatments are only as good as the nursing and paediatric staff, which administers them.
Should you feel that the staff caring for your premature baby has not administered the available treatments to the best of its ability or not kept you informed of all your options regarding the care of your preemie, you can contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys in Pretoria to ascertain if you have grounds for a negligence claim.
Do You Have Grounds For A Negligence Claim In Pretoria?
Paul du Plessis Attorneys specialise in negligence claims on behalf of premature babies and children who have suffered an injury resulting from poorly administered or inadequate medical or paediatric care. The firm has achieved exceptional results on behalf of babies and children over the years not only in Pretoria, but also throughout South Africa.
Premature babies are particularly at risk for the following injuries and developmental damages:
- Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL)
Typically, premature babies placed under mechanical ventilation to assist their breathing need their blood gases closely monitored. If not, they are at risk of PVL. PVL is damage to the white matter of the baby’s brain caused by low blood levels of oxygen (hypoxia); low blood levels of carbon dioxide (hypocarbia); and/or insufficient blood supply to the brain.
- Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
ROP results from the blood vessels in the light-sensitive layer of nerves at the back of the eye (the retina) swelling abnormally. If not treated in time, ROP can result in permanent damage to the baby’s vision and in severe cases, blindness. If diagnosed in time, permanent damage from ROP is preventable through referring baby to an ophthalmologist for regular eye exams and ensuring the monitoring of your preemie’s blood oxygen levels.
The onus is on the attendant nursing and paediatric staff to keep you informed of the risks your premature baby faces and comprehensively explain treatment options. If you are in any doubt about the level of care your preemie has received, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys today for a no-cost assessment.