Pediatric Retinoblastoma: Was Physician Incompetence, Carelessness, or Misdiagnosis to Blame?
Pediatric retinoblastoma is a malignant retinal cell cancer responsible for 3% to 4% of all childhood cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute. Approximately 4 out of every 10 cases of retinoblastoma in children is hereditary: these children carry certain genes, called oncogenes, which predispose them to get this cancer.
Tragically, the disease afflicts the very young. It most commonly occurs in children less than 5 years of age. The 5-year survival rate, according to www.cancer.gov, is 80% to 90%. Common treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, coagulation, and cryotherapy.
If a doctor’s misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or poor treatment worsened your child’s retinoblastoma or caused or worsened complications associated with the treatment, the Florida medical malpractice attorneys at Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier & Sos, LLP can evaluate your case and potentially help you obtain a recovery to pay for cancer treatment, surgeries, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and other damages.
Confronting the Scary Realities of Pediatric Retinoblastoma
Parents can educate themselves about this condition by reviewing the National Cancer Institute website and by reading books like Janes-Hodder and Keene’s “Childhood Cancer: A Parent’s Guide To Solid Tumor Cancers.” Unfortunately, more knowledge does not necessarily lead to more power over the disease. Parents trust pediatricians, oncologists and other caregivers to provide their children with the best possible care, surgery, and advice. When a botched surgery, failed diagnosis, or misdiagnosis complicates a child’s condition, it becomes easy to lose faith not only in specific caregivers but also in the medical system as a whole.
Good Support on Your Side
Without a good support team and trustworthy resources, you may feel like your child’s future is slipping out of control. Not all Florida malpractice attorneys can provide the same assistance, either. Many firms utilize a “volume approach” to client management. They take on the maximum possible number of cases to generate revenue through settling quickly.
We at DWKMR&S adhere to a very different view of client care. We are a rock solid support for our clients by providing customized, personalized legal services. We are quite selective in whom we represent. Our high level of skill and ethics has earned the law firm respect from the legal community.
We employ a variety of resources to generate results for our clients, including high caliber medical investigation, meticulous research and pretrial processes, and dynamic and remarkable courtroom performances. Our team functions as a dynamic unit to provide powerful support, unique solutions, and trustworthy guidance.
Taking Action Before You Lose the Opportunity
Parents of young, sick children – especially children with extremely serious diseases, like pediatric retinoblastoma – may feel like they are under siege, emotionally, logistically, and financially. With so much chaos and uncertainty in your world, it is understandable that you might hesitate to contact a Florida malpractice attorney. But the longer you wait to retain counsel, the more challenging it may ultimately be to construct a malpractice case.
Evidence about the caregivers’ malfeasance or negligence may disappear or degrade over time. Eyewitness testimonies can also be lost or misremembered. Florida law also has a time limit on personal injury cases, called the statute of limitations.
At DWKMR&S, we take clients on a contingency basis. They only pay fees or costs if and when our attorneys successfully win a trial or a settlement for them. Call the team at 888-726-6735 for a confidential consultation; we will answer all of your pressing questions about your legal rights.