The birth of a child can be an exciting, anxious and exhilarating time for parents. The anticipation can be both stressful and joyous. However, sometimes the joy felt over a newborn baby is dampened when something goes wrong. There are many reasons why a newborn may need extra care in a neonatal unit and parents naturally trust that all the medical professionals involved in caring for their child are doing the very best that they can. Sadly, this is not always what occurs. If your newborn suffered negligent treatment at the hands of medical personnel while in the neonatal intensive care center (NICU), the results can be devastating.
It can be difficult for parents to know when negligence is the cause of their child's injuries. Particularly when your child is in the NICU and already needs extra care. If you suspect that something went wrong, the first step should be to contact an attorney to investigate the matter and find out what occurred. Here are some common areas of negligence in the neonatal care center of which you should be aware:
- Failure to treat breathing problems, such as apnea and respiratory distress syndrome, or failure to resuscitate
- Over-ventilation injuries
- Failure to diagnose and treat conditions such as jaundice, seizures, brain bleeds and others
- Failure to properly monitor newborn
- Medication errors
Additionally, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff may fail to diagnose dangerous infections passed to a baby at birth or cause additional injuries by improperly administering treatments or medical equipment intended to save your child's life.
Let an attorney fight for your child
As parents of a newborn, you have many questions and uncertainties and when something goes wrong it can seem like more than you can bear. As a solo practitioner, Alan D. Bell has been helping families with neonatal negligence cases for more than a decade. These types of cases are complex and investigating the facts to understand exactly what occurred is very important.
Attorney Bell believes in digging into what happened, understanding every detail and being as prepared as possible to help hold those responsible accountable for your child's injuries. It is important to be with your child and to support yourselves and your family through this emotionally draining and stressful time. Let Alan D. Bell do the work for your child and your family.
To learn more about NICU errors and malpractice, please read our neonatal injury overview.