Suing A Hospital For Wrongful Vaccination Of A Newborn
During the birth of a child, hospitals have been known to routinely give Vitamin K, Hepatitis B shot, and ointment in the baby’s eyes. What many parents may not be aware of is that they are allowed to refuse these treatments ahead of time. When a parent tells their physician that they do not want any of these routine treatments to be given to their baby when they are born, the physician is required to allow the parent to file a signed waiver explaining how they do not want these treatments done to their baby.
The informed permission of the parents is required before hospitals provide any immunizations, which is something the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages medical professionals to do. When a failure to do so occurs, the parent might be able to seek compensation for this negligence through an Orlando medical malpractice Lawyer.
How To Avoid Having a Wrongful Vaccination Done to My Child?
The most important thing is to be clear about the birth plan that the parents wish to proceed with. Signing a waiver should be submitted to the hospital before giving the projected due date. If a parent does not want those treatments, they must inform their physician or midwife about their concerns. After warning the medical staff about electing not to have these treatments done, the parents or trusted loved one needs to keep an eye on the baby to make sure that the treatment is not given when no one is around.
It is hard to break a standard routine, and a physician might give the treatment despite having being told not to because of pure habit. A parent can insist on keeping the baby in the room with them or someone could be watching them closely at all time to ensure nothing is done. A parent has a right to choose what they want to be done to their child.
Immunization Statistics in the United States
These following statistics are for children aged between 18 and 34 months:
- 2% of children receive tetanus, pertussis, and diphtheria
- 3% of children receive polio shot
- 5% of children receive mumps, rubella, and measles shots
- 82% receive Hib shot
- 91% receive varicella shot
- More than 10 million vaccinations every year to infants 1 year and younger
Although vaccinations have proven to help a child’s resistance to different conditions, it also has its side effects. These are the statistics for the side effects of immunizations:
- 1 per 83,000 will suffer permanent brain damage
- 1 in 667,000 will suffer a severe infection
- About 1 or 2 in every million will die from immunizations
- 1 in 4,000 will develop and rash all over the body
- 14 to 52 people out of a million vaccine for smallpox will suffer a life-threatening condition
Serving Victims of Wrongful Immunization That Caused Injuries in Orlando
Percy Martinez and his partners believe in the rights that a parent has to make the decisions for their child. When this right is violated because a physician disobeyed a parent’s request whether on purpose or by mistake, they can be held accountable if the child suffers harm from that violation. Contacting a skilled wrongful immunization lawyer in Orlando is the best step to take in pursuing a medical malpractice claim.