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Who Can I Hold Accountable After a Birth Injury?

Posted By Beam & Raymond Associates || 18-Nov-2015

Birth injury lawsuits, much like other medical malpractice claims, involve negligence on the part of doctors, medical professionals and/or providers. When it comes to many birth injury cases, liability isn’t always straightforward. In fact, determining who or what is responsible for your child’s damages is the first—and often most difficult—step toward justice.

You Can Hold the Hospital Accountable

Hospitals can be owned privately or publicly. Depending on the circumstances of the case, you can hold the hospital responsible for its own negligence or the negligence of an employee. This is called "vicarious liability."

Common types of hospital negligence include:

  • Understaffing, which can lead to inadequate care
  • Negligent hiring (hiring underqualified employees or employees with records of negligence)
  • Inaccuracies in, modifications to, or destruction of medical records
  • Failure to admit a patient when necessary
  • Substandard care

While things like understaffing or inaccurate records do not always cause a birth injury, they can provide a support for legal action if an injury occurs. If you suspect that any of these situations or other negligent practices caused or contributed to your child’s birth injury, speak with a qualified Chicago birth injury lawyer from Beam & Raymond today.

You Can Hold Doctors and Nurses Accountable.

Often failures in doctors’ and/or nurses’ standard of care can result in vicarious liability lawsuits against the hospital. A doctor could use vacuum extractors and injure the child during delivery, for example. In this situation, the hospital may be liable for the actions of its doctor or nurse.

When to Call a Lawyer About Your Child’s Birth Injury

If you suspect a hospital or other medical entity injured your child, now is the time to speak with a medical professional about your legal rights and options. At Beam & Raymond, our Chicago birth injury attorneys provide legal guidance for families across the nation. We are here to help you fight for the compensation you and your family deserve—call now to set up your first consultation with a lawyer.

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