Is Medical Neglect Really a “Thing” Here in Michigan?

November 28, 2017 Abuse and Neglect Attorney
Parents with child listening to doctor
Loving parents are accused of medical neglect, simply because they don’t accept a doctor’s diagnosis.

For parents who handle mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders in their children, daily life can be very challenging. Navigating the varying diagnoses and treatment options is often very stressful, and very time consuming. And now, to make matters worse, those same parents are being confronted with a new and terrifying reality – ‘medical neglect‘.

Many rare diseases are hard to diagnose accurately…

Imagine yourself as the parent of a child with an uncommon medical condition. One doctor says your child has psychological disorders, and wants to treat with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Another doctor says it’s the rare and commonly misdiagnosed PANS disease, and recommends anti-inflammatories and immunosuppressants. Which one do you choose?

As parents who believe you know your child, you would only do what you believe is best for them. So you weigh your options. Consider all the info. And then go with the doctor whose diagnosis sounds right. Feels right. But suddenly CPS is on your doorstep, accusing you of medical neglect. The court decides that you’re no longer fit to parent your child. You’re terrified and confused. You’ve never neglected your child’s health, or done anything to compromise their healing process. So why are you being treated like a criminal?

Doctors don’t like being second-guessed, or corrected…

Unfortunately, we’ve reached a point in our society where many doctors refuse to admit mistakes. They put such stock in their own opinions, that they can’t accept a lay person disagreeing with them. It’s much easier to simply report the parent for medical child abuse, than admit that their diagnosis may have been wrong.

Additionally, there’s so much uproar about child abuse in the media nowadays, it’s colored the perspective of many in the medical profession. It may seem more likely to a doctor that a parent refusing his opinion is a child abuser, than a concerned parent exercising their right to choose what they believe is best for their child.

As a result, many parents have to fight for the right to make medical decisions for their child…

The number of parents who have found themselves having to hire attorneys and fight, simply in order make medical decisions that other parents take for granted, is growing. The decision to choose one doctor’s opinion over another. The decision to pursue one course of treatment in favor of others. The right to decide what’s best for your own child.

What makes this even harder for parents in these situations, is that they aren’t guilty of the presumed “rogue doctoring” they’re accused of. If you choose one doctor’s advice over another, the treatment plan your child ends up with is still one prescribed by a doctor. Not by a neglectful parent who thinks they know best. Either way, you end up with advice from a medical professional. So being accused of medical neglect seems like a contradiction in terms.

An experienced attorney can make a HUGE difference in your case!

Frightening and nerve-wracking as this prospect may be, it’s entirely possible to protect your family, and your right to parent your children. We are experts at defending falsely accused parents, and restoring your family’s peace and privacy. If you or a loved one have been falsely accused of medically neglecting a child, call us immediately at 866 766 5245. Our experienced child abuse and neglect defense attorneys can help you through this difficult time.