Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Lawsuits

ROP lawsuits are personal injury cases that seek compensation for those who develop retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) as a result of medical malpractice. Primarily affecting premature or underweight infants, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a condition in which:

  • The blood vessels in baby's eyes grow abnormally.
  • Scar tissue develops.
  • The retina detaches, to some degree, from the inner eye tissues.
  • Vision impairment or blindness occurs.

While a number of natural complications, such as maternal high blood pressure or fetal development delays, can cause retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), in rare cases, mistakes made following birth will contribute to an infant's retinopathy of prematurity.

Given that ROP can result in permanent disability, infants and their families will be entitled to settlements when malpractice has played a role in the development of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

Medical Mistakes Related to Retinopathy of Prematurity

Instances of malpractice known to contribute to retinopathy of prematurity include (but aren't limited to):

  • exposing newborns to toxins
  • improper use of oxygen therapy following birth
  • failing to provide timely, regular eye exams to high risk infants
  • failing to diagnose retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) when symptoms of this condition are clearly present
  • failing to promptly or adequately treat retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)

Any delay in diagnosis and treatment can cause retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) to worsen and, in the most severe cases, cause blindness.

Retinopathy of Prematurity Statistics

For a more precise idea of the prevalence and severity of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), consult the following statistics:

  • More than 16 percent of premature babies will develop retinopathy of prematurity.
  • Over 50 percent of newborns weighing less than 3.5 pounds will develop Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).
  • Between 500 and 1,200 children with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) will develop severe complications or blindness each year in the U.S.
  • Of those diagnosed with advanced cases of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), about 30 percent will have less than 20/200 vision in their better eye.

The above medical mistakes are most likely to occur when other birthing complications arise. As a result, any one or more of the following factors can increase infants' risk of developing retinopathy of prematurity:

  • bleeding in the brain
  • concurrent ailments
  • high carbon dioxide levels in the body
  • irregular breathing when sleeping (apnea)
  • low birth weights (born less than 3.3 pounds)
  • low levels of iron in the blood (anemia)
  • mechanical ventilation treatment
  • premature birth (born less than 32 weeks into pregnancy)
  • seizures
  • slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • undergoing blood transfusions

How to Start an Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Lawsuit

Parents of children diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) should:

  • Pursue all prescribed treatments to prevent their newborn from enduring further eye health complications.
  • Meet with a personal injury lawyer who specializes in ROP lawsuits, once their child's health is stable.

During an initial free consultation, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) attorneys can:

  • Evaluate injured parties' claims.
  • Determine whether injured parties are eligible for compensation for their medical bills, treatment costs and pain and suffering.
  • Provide estimates of possible awards, based on settlements in past cases similar to their own.
  • Advise patients on whether filing an individual suit or joining an already-progressing class action claim is more appropriate for their needs and circumstances.

An experienced retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) attorney will be able to provide experienced and committed representation from start to finish in your lawsuit. Birth injuries are traumatic and devastating events and an ROP attorney will help make the legal process easier for you and your family.

Has your baby been diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)? If so, schedule a Free Consultation with an retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) attorney who can evaluate your case and help you get life-long benefits and aid.