We were told by the nurses at the hospital that it would heel and be fine, but the ped. said it would be permanent and that hair would not grow there. He also said it would grow with his head and hair would not grow there. He said it could be repaired later though. Is the hospital responsible?
It's likely the result of an extravasation of the fluids in the IV. In some cases, the burning can be severe enough to require surgical repair. Fortunately your situation doesn't seem to have resulted in that serious a burn. However, it is very possible that this was the result of negligence and you should absolutely contact a lawyer in your area.
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This is a common scenario, however, the costs of bringing this lawsuit usually outweigh the recovery, but I recommend that everyone get a free consultation with a med mal lawyer immediately if they think they have a potential claim so you don't miss the statute of limitations.
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Assuming your grandson is relatively young, you should have time to see how he recovers before worrying about the statute of limitations.
Photograph his injuries and recovery in stages. Hopefully, all will heal.
If not, you have a clear history of the injury and can consult with a local attorney.
Medical malpractice actions are very fact specific, so it is impossible to give you a definitive answer. However, if the nursing or pharmacy staff failed to adhere to the standard of care (they failed to do something that most similarly situated healthcare professionals would do) and this caused the injury, then you have a valid claim. Unfortunately, most valid claims that have non-catastrophic results are not brought due to the time and expense of pursuing the claims. I suggest that you get a copy of all of the medical records, including medication orders and pharmacy records, and ask for a consult with a NC malpractice attorney. Most will do an initial consult for free, but carry the records with you. Be aware that recent legislative changes to NC law has shortened the time for some claims for minor children. For this reason, if you chose to pursue this, do not wait.
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