Children have a different biology and develop different diseases and medical conditions than adults. When it comes to providing medical care to a child, a provider can’t think of them as little adults.
Injuries to a Child
At the law firm of Shelsby & Leoni in Wilmington, Delaware, our Child Injury Attorneys represent the parents of children who have suffered medical injuries in Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. We handle all types of pediatric injury cases, including meningitis, encephalitis, cancer, and other illnesses that can have a devastating effect on children and their families. We also represent the parents of children who suffer a traumatic brain injury as a result of sports injuries, car accidents, or other causes.
Failure to Diagnose Meningitis or Encephalitis
If a child comes into a doctor’s office with a fever and is lethargic, the child may have a simple virus, a bacterial infection, meningitis, or encephalitis. Failure to diagnose pediatric meningitis or encephalitis can result in lifelong injuries that are devastating emotionally and financially to the family.
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes (or meninges) surrounding the central nervous system. Meningitis is a very serious illness and carries the potential for brain damage, loss of hearing and eyesight, serious neurological damage, or even death.
Encephalitis, which is an inflammation of the brain, can be caused by a viral infection or other infectious diseases. Most children who have encephalitis will need care in a hospital with careful monitoring to prevent further swelling of the brain, which can result is permanent brain damage.
Depending on the age of child, there are different ways to detect meningitis and encephalitis. If the child is under age of two, the doctor can feel the soft spot on the baby’s head to see if there is an increase in intracranial pressure. With an older child, other signs and symptoms are critical to diagnose an infection.
Creating a Life-Care Plan
When a child has a brain or neurological injury caused by medical malpractice or another type of negligence, our lawyers will work with medical and financial planning experts to create a life-care plan for the child. Our goal is provide parents with the financial resources they need to care for their child at home and help their child live as full a life as possible.
Contact a Child Injury Lawyer in Delaware and Maryland
Free consultation: If your child has suffered a medical injury, we invite you to contact our attorneys in Wilmington, Delaware, for a free initial consultation. You can also call our Delaware office directly at (302) 995-6210 or our Maryland law office at (410) 385-5612.