What is medical neglect?
When a caregiver fails to provide adequate medical or dental care for their child, especially when needed to treat a serious injury or illness.
Several factors are considered necessary for the diagnosis of medical neglect could include:
- 1.If a child is harmed or is at risk of harm because of lack of healthcare
- 2.The caregiver understands the medical advice given
- 3.The recommended health care offers significant net benefit to the child
- 4.Access to healthcare is available and not used
Why is it happening?
There are multiple reasons why children do not get the care they need. Some factors include: lack of access to care, family chaos and disorganization, lack of knowledge or skill, lack of trust in healthcare professionals, impairment of caregivers and the belief system of the child’s caregiver.
The medical neglect of a child could cause harm or even death. If you or someone you know has been affected by medical neglect, please call 573.335.6651 to learn more information on how Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz can help.