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Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

Retinopathy of Prematurity (rop) Lawyer in Ohio

Birth Injury Lawsuits & Vision Loss

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a disorder that affects premature babies, and it is among the most common causes of lifelong vision impairment and blindness. Though ROP can be a disabling condition, timely diagnosis and care can save sight and preserve a child’s ability to read, drive, and live a normal life.

Unfortunately, doctors, nurses, and other health care providers who care for newborns may fail to timely diagnose or treat ROP in premature babies. This can lead to delays in needed therapy that come with devastating, life-altering consequences.

At The Becker Law Firm, our Cleveland attorneys represent children and families in complex birth injury cases involving medical professionals who failed to uphold their duty of care – including those who failed to appropriately treat premature infants with ROP.

Why Choose The Becker Law Firm?

  • Our birth trauma lawyers have over 100 years’ combined experience and have earned national recognition in birth injury litigation.
  • We set the record for the largest personal injury settlement for a single victim in Ohio history.
  • We’ve recovered more than $600 Million in compensation for clients, and multiple eight-figure settlements for birth injury plaintiffs.
  • We leverage the insight of Certified Civil Trial Specialists and attorneys who are Registered Nurses with medical expertise.

If your child has suffered irreparable vision loss due to ROP, our team at The Becker Law Firm is here to help. Call to request a free case evaluation.

What Is Retinopathy of Prematurity?

Retinopathy of Prematurity is a medical condition that affects the tissue at the back of the eye called the retina. The retina is responsible for sensing light and sending signals to the brain, creating what we know as vision.

With ROP, unwanted and excessive blood vessels grow on a premature baby’s retina. These abnormal vessels later tend to leak or bleed, which leads to scarring of the retina. When the scars shrink, they pull on the retina, causing it to detach from the back of the eye. It is the detachment of the retina, a vital part of vision, that ultimately causes blindness.

Anatomy and Risk Factors

The blood vessels in a baby’s eyes begin developing in utero at 3 months, and that development continues through birth. The development is disrupted when a baby is born early—the blood vessels can stop growing or, in severe cases, develop abnormally. Infants born at an early gestational age and low birthweight are at greatest risk for developing ROP.

There are also avoidable and preventable factors that contribute to the severity and progression of ROP, including:

  • Prolonged administration of oxygen
  • Excessive or high concentrations of oxygen use
  • Shock
  • Asphyxia (lack of oxygen)
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature)
  • Acidosis (increased acid in the blood)
  • Vitamin E deficiency
  • Apnea (irregular breathing)
  • Heart disease
  • Infection
  • Respiratory disease
  • Low heart rate (bradycardia)
  • Blood transfusions
  • Low blood oxygen or acidity
  • High amounts of carbon dioxide in the blood

Doctors should screen all babies born sooner than 30 weeks or who weigh less than three pounds at birth and should consider screening when these other risk factors are present. Babies with this condition may show signs of crossed eyes, nearsightedness, abnormal eye movements, or whitish pupils.

Premature Birth & ROP

Retinopathy of prematurity affects premature babies weighing approximately three pounds or less and /or babies born before 32 weeks (a full-term pregnancy is 38-42 weeks). While ROP does not always harm vision, it can develop rapidly and result in vision loss or total blindness.

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    Birth injuries are deeply emotional and troubling experiences for families, and their potential for life-altering consequences is steep. If your child has suffered blindness or severe vision loss from ROP due to what you believe may be substandard medical care, The Becker Law Firm is available to discuss your case, legal rights, and options for seeking the justice and compensation you deserve.

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