If your baby was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), you might be eligible to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your child’s injuries and your loss. To learn more, contact our ROP lawyers today.

Who Might Qualify for ROP Litigation?

If your baby was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and his or her vision is severely impaired because of this condition, a qualified retinopathy of prematurity litigation specialist can help you file a lawsuit to recover damages. The reasons most likely to qualify you for a legitimate lawsuit are if the medical staff failed to do something they should have done in a timely manner, or if they failed to correct the problem properly.

Even if you are unsure if any medical mistakes were made, you should consult with an attorney who will evaluate the details of your case to determine if you have a legitimate claim.

Retinopathy of Prematurity and Liability

ROP should be considered a potential problem in every child born before 30 weeks’ gestation or weighing less than three pounds. When babies are born under these circumstances, checking for ROP should be routine.

The development of the fetal eye continues until your baby is born and even continues to mature after birth. When a baby is born prematurely, the necessary steps in the development of the eye have not yet occurred. In addition, when the baby is born while the eye is still developing, abnormal blood vessels from the retina begin to grow into the eye.

These blood vessels increase the chances your baby will have a detached retina, which can lead to blindness. ROP is severe enough to cause blindness in between 400 and 600 infants annually. The eyesight of some of these infants might have been saved by more prompt or appropriate treatment. In other cases, the doctor may have failed to perform the surgery properly.

Below are some of the reasons a health care professional may be liable:

  • Failure to diagnose ROP in a timely manner
  • Exposing the premature newborn to too much oxygen
  • Making mistakes during surgery
  • Poor judgment when deciding which treatment to pursue

It is ironic that as more premature babies are being saved thanks to new technology and therapies, more cases of ROP are appearing. Checking for ROP in a very low birth weight baby born very prematurely should be the standard of care.

Contact an ROP Lawyer Today

If your baby was born with ROP and has suffered serious consequences from this condition, such as blindness or severely impaired vision, you should check with an ROP lawyer to find out if your situation qualifies you to file a lawsuit. If your child’s problems were caused by medical error, you deserve to be compensated. To schedule a free evaluation of your case, contact our ROP lawyers today.