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Failure to Diagnose Beckwith Wiedeman Syndrome

Baltimore Lawyers Helping People Seek Compensation for Harm Caused by Missed Diagnoses

Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome is a rare disease that impacts a child’s growth. It can also cause other medical issues, including an increased risk of cancer; as such, it is important that Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome is diagnosed as soon as possible. The failure to diagnose Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome can lead to avoidable complications that negatively impact a child’s health, and if a doctor misses or delays the diagnosis, it may be considered medical malpractice. If you or your child suffered damages because of a doctor’s failure to diagnose Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome, it is smart to meet with an attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your options. The dedicated Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers of Arfaa Law Group possess the skills and knowledge needed to prove the liability of negligent healthcare providers, and if we represent you, we will work tirelessly on your behalf.

Complications that May Arise Due to the Failure to Diagnose Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome

Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome is referred to as an overgrowth disorder. In other words, it often causes children to grow taller than average for their age and can cause certain parts of the body to grow more rapidly than others. In addition to growth issues, children with Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome often suffer from holes in the walls of their abdomens which can cause their organs to protrude through their belly buttons, Hiatal hernias, low blood sugar, kidney issues, and enlarged tongues, which can cause problems swallowing and breathing. Notably, children with Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome face a significantly higher risk of cancer than their peers. As such, doctors must diagnose Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome promptly, as delays can lead to missed treatments and screening tests that increase the risk of serious complications.

Pursuing Damages for the Failure to Diagnose Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome

Children with Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome can experience a variety of medical issues that, in some cases, can cause serious health concerns. As such, the failure to diagnose Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome may negatively impact their health and may be grounds for pursuing a medical malpractice claim. Typically, plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases will allege that the defendant acted negligently. In Maryland, negligence is made up of a duty, breach, causation, and damages, and a plaintiff must prove each element by the preponderance of the evidence to present a winning case. Duty is the defendant’s obligation to treat the plaintiff in compliance with the standard of care, which is the care that a competent professional working in the same practice area would offer when presented with the same set of facts. The breach is the defendant’s departure from the standard of care. Causation is the link between the duty, the breach, and the fourth element, damages. In other words, the plaintiff has to show that the defendant’s deviation from the standard of care directly caused the plaintiff to suffer harm. While the defendant’s actions do not have to be the sole cause of the plaintiff’s harm, they must be a primary factor in bringing them about.

Generally, a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case will need to rely on expert testimony to establish the standard of care imposed on the defendant and to demonstrate the ways in which the defendant breached the standard of care. Expert testimony is also usually needed to connect the defendant’s breach and the resulting harm and to quantify the damages suffered by the plaintiff.

Meet With a Skillful Baltimore Attorney

Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome is a treatable condition, but a timely and accurate diagnosis is necessary for optimal care. If your child sustained harm due to a physician’s failure to diagnose Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome, you have the right to seek compensation, and you should meet with a lawyer to assess your possible claims. The skillful Baltimore lawyers of Arfaa Law Group take pride in holding reckless healthcare providers responsible for the harm they cause, and if we represent you, we will fight to help you seek the outcome you deserve. We regularly represent injured parties in medical malpractice lawsuits in Baltimore, where our office is located. You can contact us through our online form or by calling us at 410-889-1850 to set up a confidential consultation.