Hospitals in Louisiana and throughout the nation are filled each day with patients seeking various types of care. Many of those patients are anxious and excited mothers-to-be who have been admitted to give birth to their babies. When birth injuries occur due to medical negligence, joyful occasions suddenly take drastic turns for the worse.
One can only imagine the devastation of learning that one's newborn infant has suffered a debilitating and lasting injury during birth. Such incidents are all too common in many hospitals in the nation. A mother or father may feel completely overwhelmed and unsure of their legal rights when a catastrophic event of this nature occurs.
While no one can presume a perfect outcome every time a woman gives birth, every patient may reasonably assume that all doctors, nurses, practitioners and other medical staff will act according to the highest level of accepted safety standards during all care and treatment regarding pregnancy and childbirth. Failing to address an expectant mother's health concerns, misdiagnosing a pre-existing condition or making an error during delivery are among the most common causes for medical malpractice related to childbearing. Child birth injuries often necessitate further medical treatment, and, quite possibly, life-long living assistance for the injured child.
Such care is quite expensive and many parents are completely unprepared to meet expenses associated with their particular situations. Parents in Louisiana who believe their child's birth injuries were caused by a doctor or nurse's negligence may seek support from a medical malpractice attorney. There are typically several options available with regard to filing a personal injury claim in a civil court, and an experienced attorney can guide parents through the entire process.