Children often contract common infections including upper respiratory infections, ear infections, sinus infections, and conjunctivitis, which can lead to complications. Vaccines are effective in preventing the occurrence of serious infectious diseases, avoiding the complications that can be associated with these diseases, and improving mortality rates in children. However, the use of vaccinations also may result in complications.
Complications, such as fever, rash, diarrhea, dehydration, and organ injury, can result in serious health problems or even death of a child.
Litigation may occur even when the care provided to a child by a pediatrician satisfies high standards. When providers deviate from the standard and provide substandard care, litigation frequently results. Damage awards in lawsuits involving injuries resulting from complications of childhood diseases or conditions can be high.
Attorneys, pediatricians and other providers, hospitals, employers, insurers, and other potential parties to the litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and liability issues that can arise in connection with pediatric injuries related to diseases or conditions of childhood.