Malpractice Considerations in Pediatrics
For the most part, malpractice cases involving children are handled the same as cases that involve adults. Discovery, standards, and expert testimony are not substantially different; however, there are some differences that are important to anyone who cares for children. The most fundamental of these is that juries like children. The child may have been injured by the parents’ neglect and refusal to follow the physician’s orders, but the jury gives the money to the child. If the physician is concerned about liability secondary to parental neglect, then the proper course of action is to contact child protection services.