Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest times in any Oregon parent's life. When something goes wrong, it can be devastating and rob both the parents and the child of a normal life. If it turns out that nursing negligence caused injury to a child, it may be possible to seek restitution through the filing of a medical malpractice claim.
One mother in another state recently filed such a claim against the hospital where her child was born. Her baby was approximately two months premature. While her daughter was in the care of nursing staff at the hospital, she fell approximately three feet to the floor.
She suffered a fractured skull and had bruises on her head and hip. For some reason, the infant's mother was not told about the incident right away. She had to discover that her daughter was hurt on her own.
The nurse told the North Carolina mother that she was giving the baby a bath, turned her head for an instant and that is when the baby fell. She claims that when she questioned a doctor about the incident, he told her that babies are dropped by their parents "all the time," and that kids are resilient. As most Oregon parents would be, the mother is concerned that her baby will suffer physical and/or mental issues in the future.
A potentially difficult future is only one reason why this woman filed a nursing negligence claim. Successfully proving negligence can also help prevent any other child or parent from having to endure the same pain and uncertainty. In addition, an award of damages could provide the funds needed to care for an injured child.
Source: wsoctv.com, "Mother accuses Presbyterian Hospital of dropping newborn", Allison Latos, Dec. 10, 2015