If your baby has cystic fibrosis, they will enjoy a better quality of life the earlier the condition receives diagnosis and treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment can even promote a longer life.
If your baby was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, and you feel that a doctor’s diagnosis, failure to diagnose, and/or failure to treat led to a complication of the infection, we can review your case and determine whether you have a claim for birth injury medical malpractice. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at 1-800-222-9529.
Cystic Fibrosis Lawsuits & Injury Cases
Although cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder, it can also represent a birth injury in certain situations.
If your infant suffers from cystic fibrosis complications due to your physician’s failure to diagnose and/or treat the infection, you may be entitled to receive compensation. The ability to hold your doctor, lab, or other healthcare providers involved in your pregnancy and delivery liable for medical malpractice hinges on your ability to establish the following:
- Your doctor had a duty to uphold the standard of care – In other words, establish what level of skill and care that a provider with similar training would have demonstrated in a similar situation.
- Breach – Your medical provider failed to uphold the medical standard of care.
- Causation and Injury – The medical provider’s breach caused measurable injury to your baby.
Your lawyer will want to produce medical records that support your claim, as well as opinions from other medical professionals who work in the same profession and with the same specialty and experience as the doctor you are suing. These witnesses will confirm the standard of care and that your doctor breached it.
If your case is successful, you may be entitled to any of the following types of damages:
- Doctor’s fees and medical care (past, present, future, and ongoing)
- Surgeon’s fees (past, present, future)
- Physical therapy
- Specialized equipment
- Other specialized equipment
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Income lost due to caring for the disabled child
If your child succumbs to death as a result of their cystic fibrosis, you may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death action. Your attorney can guide you through this process.
Infant Cystic Fibrosis Overview
Infants inherit cystic fibrosis from one or both parents. The disorder has an impact on the body’s cells that are associated with the production of sweat, mucus, and digestive juices.
It can lead to a wide range of complications, including:
- Chronic infections
- Respiratory failure
- Bronchiectasis (damaged airways)
- Nasal polyps (growths in the nose)
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Blocked bile duct
- Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances
Infant Cystic Fibrosis Causes
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder. The condition consists of a mutated transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) genes, which regulate the CFTR protein. This protein produces mucus.
Your baby inherited two CFTR genes, one from each parent. If they inherit two mutated CFTR genes, they will have cystic fibrosis.
Infant Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms
Your infant might have cystic fibrosis if they exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
- Salty skin
- Constipation, bloating, or stomach pain
- Wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, excess mucus
- Meconium stuck in newborn’s intestine
- Sluggish growth and weight gain
- Frequent, loose, large, or greasy bowel movements that smell bad
- Nasal polyps, sinus infections, stuffy nose
Infant Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosis and Treatment
Before your infant leaves the hospital after birth, they will be tested for cystic fibrosis. These tests will include hearing, blood, and heart screenings that will reveal both serious and treatable conditions.
When a screening results come back abnormal, a diagnostic test (sweat test and blood test) will probe for cystic fibrosis.
If your baby is diagnosed with the condition, treatment must begin immediately.
Infant Cystic Fibrosis Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my baby has Infant Cystic Fibrosis?
Watch for the signs listed above. If you see the signs and symptoms indicated, take your baby to a doctor for a cystic fibrosis screening. You need to take your baby to the doctor immediately if you see that they are struggling to breathe.
Can Infant Cystic Fibrosis be fatal?
Yes, infant cystic fibrosis can be fatal. Be sure that your doctor screens for the disorder and treats early to avoid this and other serious outcomes and complications.
Who is liable for Infant Cystic Fibrosis?
Although cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder, it can also represent a birth injury in certain situations with clear, potential liability. For example:
- If your doctor(s) failed to conduct screenings of your baby for cystic fibrosis and therefore did not treat the condition.
- The pregnancy results from either or both parents being a sperm, egg, or embryo recipient, without the sperm, egg, or embryo having been screened for cystic fibrosis. The donor service might be liable.
- A mistake was made in the genetic testing conducted prior to the pregnancy. The testing lab facility might be liable.
What is the statute of limitations for Infant Cystic Fibrosis?
Statutes of limitations vary from state to state. Your lawyer will know the time limits in the state in which you reside.
Your lawyer can also inform you of your state’s statutes of repose, which can bar your case, regardless of whether your baby has shown any signs of injury. States also usually account for minors with a tolling allowance, which extends the statutes of limitations for people younger than the age of 18.
Infant Cystic Fibrosis Glossary Terms
- Pneumothorax – A collapsed lung resulting from air leaking into the area between a lung and the chest wall. The air presses against the lung causing it to collapse.
- Nasal Polyps – Soft, benign growths on the lining of nasal passages or sinuses. Although painless, they can be a sign of cystic fibrosis.
- Cor Pulmonale – Enlargement of the heart’s right ventricle, forcing the heart to pump harder to push blood through blocked pulmonary arteries
A birth injury lawyer can look over the medical records for you and your baby and advise you of your potential to recover compensation for a birth injury.
We will fight for justice on your behalf, leaving you better able to live full meaningful lives free from the financial concerns of medical bills associated with your child’s cystic fibrosis. Call us at 1-800-222-9529 for a free consultation.