The Risks of Lyme Disease in Children

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The risks of misdiagnosing or not diagnosing Lyme disease can have detrimental effects. What’s worse, children aged 5-14 face the biggest risk for contracting tick-borne illnesses, especially in New York. As Lyme Disease is often overlooked and mimics various other ailments, you must act quickly if you feel your child has been misdiagnosed. If you’ve suffered from Lyme disease and have been misdiagnosed, contact your experienced NYC Disease Malpractice Attorney today to build your personal injury case. 

Is Your Child at Risk?

Ticks can be found all over the globe, with a heavy concentration in the northeast. Because the population of infected ticks is so high in New York, people living in the woods and who enjoy outdoor activities frequently are at greater risk for contracting a tick-borne illness. 
What Types of Illnesses Can Ticks Transmit to Children?

According to iGenex, children are at a disproportionate risk not just for Lyme Disease, the most commonly occurring vector-borne illnesses, but also for other tick-borne diseases:

  • Bartonellosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Rickettsiosis
  • Ehrlichiosis

How Does Lyme Disease Impact Child Development?

Lyme disease impacts various systems throughout the body, making it a complex illness to diagnose and treat. Often, children will develop compensation tactics to cope with the symptoms of Lyme. In addition, the obvious component of direct symptoms stemming from the illness impacts each child differently, some more severe than others. 
Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness symptoms can be both physical and mental which can negatively impact a child’s ability in school, emotional development, socialization opportunities, and even career opportunities in the future. 

What Can You Do to Help Your Child?

The most important thing is raising awareness about ticks. Often, children don’t pay attention to the dangers surrounding them, which is why it’s imperative to talk to kids about ticks, how to spot them, how to avoid getting bitten, and how to identify a bite. 
All too often, tick bites go unnoticed, allowing them to wreak havoc on their hosts. The more information your child has regarding ticks and Lyme disease, the better. Remember, symptoms of Lyme disease progress and worsen over time, which is why it’s critical to get a proper diagnosis from the start. If you or your child’s Lyme disease has been misdiagnosed, you need an attorney on your side to help you fight for your rights.

Contact Your NY Malpractice Attorney

If you or someone you know has received an incorrect diagnosis and your Lyme disease was left unchecked and untreated, a NYC Medical Malpractice lawyer can help. We understand the frustration of a misdiagnosis and the dire consequences of this disease, and we have helped thousands of injury victims receive the help and monetary reward for pain and suffering which they deserve. Contact the law offices of Ronemus & Vilensky today by calling 212-779-7070, or filling out our free, no obligation form today.