One can only imagine the horror of learning that one's newborn infant has suffered injuries that have caused permanent disability requiring life-long assistance and special care. When nursing negligence is the suspected cause of injury, it is understandable that parents would want those responsible held accountable for their actions. A current investigation at a medical facility outside Louisiana includes a travel nurse as a main subject.
In 2015, a married couple learned the wife had developed a condition in pregnancy that necessitated a C-section at 30 weeks gestation. Her baby was born and placed in the neonatal intensive care unit for specialized care. The woman herself is a registered nurse who has been devastated by the events that unfolded from there.
The infant was eventually transferred to another facility because he was suffering from digestive problems. At some point, he was entrusted to the care of a travel nurse. The child's parents had left the hospital for a short time and, upon return, found their baby inconsolable. The nurse allegedly tried to explain the child's distress by saying he had been banging his head against his crib; although, at just 41 weeks gestational age, this would likely be impossible due to a lack of muscle strength and control.
Weeks later, the parents learned through testing that their precious infant had suffered six fractured ribs and bleeding on the brain. Alarmingly, another baby who had been in the care of the same nurse suffered a broken arm. Police are involved in the investigation and the parents in the most recent incident have filed an intent to pursue a lawsuit. Anyone in Louisiana who believes his or her child has been injured due to nursing negligence may also seek justice by filing a medical malpractice claim in a civil court.
Source: wyff4.com, "Couple to file suit alleging GHS NICU nurse seriously injured infant", Carla Field, Nov. 17, 2016