Retinopathy of Prematurity

As parents of newborns who have been impacted negatively by Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), you are probably overcome with questions regarding the causes, treatment, and possible future for babies with this condition. You might also be concerned as to how your family is going to deal with the costs of medical treatment for a baby who suffers from this condition. These valid concerns can be overwhelming, especially for parents who have never heard of this condition, much less witnessed someone suffer from it first hand.

A lot of new parents may be unaware of is that Retinopathy of Prematurity is often caused by medical negligence. When babies are inflicted with ROP due to the actions of a medical professional, it is crucial that parents reach out to a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. 

Our retinopathy of prematurity attorneys at The Malpractice Group are experts in identifying cases where medical malpractice causes these devastating injuries to children. Our team can help you recover the compensation you will need to cope with the hardships that your child will be faced as they grow up. We want to ensure that these infants are able to obtain the best medical help available and the best life possible. Contact our law firm at your earliest convenience to meet with our medical malpractice attorneys to discuss legal options available for you.

Retinopathy of Prematurity- What is it?

Retinopathy of Prematurity, which is sometimes referred to as retrolental fibroplasia, is one of the leading causes of childhood eyesight loss. This condition impacts premature infants and can lead to partial or complete blindness if untreated. In more severe cases, ROP can lead to permanent vision and eyesight issues. 

Retinopathy is a term used to describe the abnormal development of the blood vessels located in the back of the eyes. These blood vessels play a critical role in providing nourishment to ensure the proper function of the tissue that is light-sensitive that lines the back of the eye called the retina. To achieve the proper vision, the retina needs to be intact and must have the ability to transmit relevant information to the brain through the use of the optic nerve. Untreated cases of Retinopathy of Prematurity can lead to retinal detachment, which ultimately causes blindness.

The Risks of Retinopathy in Premature Babies

This name of this disease is derived from the fact that it is specific to premature babies. Babies born between 32 weeks of gestation and those who weigh less than 3lbs. ROP occurs in cases where the blood vessels grow in toward the center of the eye instead of along the retinal bed, which is typically seen in eye development.

If Retinopathy of Prematurity is not properly diagnosed and treated early on, it can lead to extensive retinal scarring or detachment and, ultimately, blindness. Our team at The Malpractice Group understands that properly trained specialists will be aware of the 5 stages of Retinopathy of Prematurity, which can directly impact whether treatment is needed and possible.

Having this condition identified and diagnosed in a timely manner by a neonatologist or a pediatrician makes a big difference in a baby’s ability to recover from it. It is crucial that babies with ROP receive proper and frequent monitoring by an ophthalmologist with Retinopathy of Prematurity training.

Facts Surrounding Retinopathy of Prematurity

Babies who are born between 32-weeks and 34-weeks require special medical attention and critical care in nearly every aspect of their lives. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). 

The truth is, Retinopathy of Prematurity is a condition that was first identified in babies back in the 1940s. Originally called retrolental fibroplasia, it continues to impact between 14,000 and 16,000 premature babies every year. With adequate and speedy treatment, babies are able to overcome the devastating consequences of ROP. Still, around 600 children born with this condition grow to become legally blind. 

The majority of babies who develop Retinopathy of Prematurity can improve without treatment. However, severe cases may have serious consequences that can lead to retinal detachment or blindness. 

It is imperative that babies who have this condition are appropriately screened and diagnosed to ensure their treatment schedules are appropriate for their current stage.

Causes of Retinopathy of Prematurity

Babies who are born with Retinopathy of Prematurity, are typically premature. Those born under 32-weeks are more likely to develop this devastating condition. Unfortunately, there are many babies who are delivered prematurely as a result of medical negligence. When doctors and physicians fail to recognize the symptoms of premature labor and take steps toward preventing an early delivery from happening, they may be held liable for resulting injuries and damages suffered by both the baby and the mother.

Working with a reputable medical malpractice attorney will ensure you have the best chances of recovering full and fair compensation to alleviate the costs of medical treatment, pain and suffering, and more.

The Malpractice Group Can Help You

If your baby suffers from Retinopathy of Prematurity, as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, it is critical that you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to explore options available for you to protect your legal rights. This condition, in particular, can require extensive monitoring and medical treatment and can have a detrimental impact on the quality of life for growing children. By contacting a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible, you can ensure your child is able to get the medical care they need to grow.

Our medical malpractice attorneys at The Malpractice Group strive to help families get the justice they deserve. Our attorneys provide exceptional litigation strategies to ensure that those who are injured, recover the maximum amount of birth injury claims, and we have an impressive record of successful outcomes to prove it. Families of babies who suffer from Retinopathy of Prematurity, due to a premature birth caused by medical negligence can rest assured knowing their legal rights and best interests are protected with us. Contact The Malpractice Group today by calling (312) 561-4324 at your earliest convenience to schedule a free case evaluation. Our team will review the circumstances surrounding your birthing process to determine the best legal approach available for you.