If your child was a premature baby and is blind, they may be suffering from retinopathy of prematurity. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a condition caused by inadequate oxygen levels during neonatal care, which in extreme cases leads to blindness. This is generally the result of medical negligence, as pediatric nurses and doctors need to carefully monitor oxygen levels of premature babies while they are in the incubator. Premature infants are at higher risk of health problems as their bodies are still developing, and as such, require intensive care and attention from their doctors.
What can I do?
If you think your child’s blindness was caused by retinopathy of prematurity resulting from insufficient care from your doctor, speak to Paul du Plessis Attorneys. We specialise in medical negligence claims, especially in birth injuries and infant mistreatment. We have successfully closed many cases of retinopathy of prematurity claims and brought relief to children and their families suffering from medical negligence. When you bring your case to us, we will investigate your claims free of charge to determine if medical negligence was the cause of your child’s blindness. If we find evidence of this, we will open a case and bring you compensation for your losses and suffering.
What can I claim for in a retinopathy of prematurity case?
When making a case of medical negligence that has resulted in retinopathy of prematurity, you can claim for the damages suffered by the child affected. These include the cost of specialised equipment needed to assist with the blindness, the costs associated with additional therapies, the cost of blindness-related medical treatments, the cost of ancillary expenses such as needing personal assistants or drivers, and loss of earnings resulting from their blindness.
We work on a no-win, no-fee basis, to ensure that you don’t have to suffer any further losses from the situation. Living with a disability such as blindness can be tough for everyone concerned, but we are passionate and devoted to bringing as much relief and support to families as possible. If you suspect that your child’s blindness was due to retinopathy of prematurity, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys today.