Retinopathy of Prematurity and Medical Malpractice

First identified in 1942, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a condition in which abnormal growth of ocular blood vessels results in scar tissue in the eye, vision impairment and, in the most severe cases, blindness.

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is most likely to affect:

  • prematurely born babies (namely those born before 32 weeks of pregnancy)
  • underweight infants (those born less than 3.3 pounds)

Some of the factors that can increase a newborn's risk of developing retinopathy of prematurity include:

  • anemia
  • apnea
  • bleeding in the brain
  • high carbon dioxide levels in the body
  • mechanical ventilation treatment
  • seizures
  • slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • undergoing blood transfusions

In rare cases, however, medical mistakes made after the baby is born can cause Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

Types of Medical Malpractice that Cause Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

Retinopathy of prematurity can arise when doctors and nurses:

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

Delayed diagnosis and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) will cause further health complications and, ultimately, blindness.

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Lawsuits and Settlements

When medical malpractice has contributed to a case of retinopathy of prematurity, injured parties will be entitled to compensation for their:

  • past hospital bills
  • ongoing treatment costs
  • permanent disabilities
  • future costs of living (if a permanent disability prevents an retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) patient from earning a living)
  • emotional pain and suffering

The severity of an infant's condition will affect the ultimate settlement amount.

Families who have a child diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) can find out if they have a legal claim against negligent medical professionals by meeting with a retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) attorney for a free initial consultation.

Those who decide to stand up for their legal rights and seek an retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) settlement will benefit greatly from working with an experienced retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) lawyer, who can provide them with:

  • access to a network of experts who can verify their claims when official testimony is needed
  • professional representation in court, mediation and/or arbitration proceedings
  • delayed payment for legal services, as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) attorneys work on contingency to encourage injured parties to pursue a retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) lawsuit

Has your baby been diagnosed with ROP? If so, contact an experienced retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) attorney who will investigate the details of your case to determine if medical malpractice caused the condition. If medical malpractice is confirmed, we will fight tirelessly to ensure every responsible party is held accountable.