Women in Louisiana who have experienced personal injury during the birthing process, or parents of children who suffered injury or death during labor and delivery, likely have a lot of questions about what went wrong. No one expects results like this. Everyone hopes that labor will go well and the end result will be a beautiful, healthy baby. It is common to question if one’s birth injury was preventable. If thoughts that it may have been born out of negligence exist, it may be possible to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
Those who may be held responsible for one’s losses extend beyond anyone who may have been in the room during or after the labor and delivery process. Yes, the doctors, nurses and other medical staff who came in contact with the victim need to be questioned, but it does not stop there. Some people may not be aware that hospitals, birthing facilities and pharmaceutical companies may also carry some liability.
When it comes to facility liability, it is necessary to look at whether those in charge of the business have done their due diligence and hired qualified and appropriately certified staff. The company must ensure that all staff is trained properly and that the correct number of staff is on duty for any given shift. It is also the company’s job to ensure day-to-day operations meet compliance standards. Failure to do any of these things is negligence.
When it comes to pharmaceutical liability, drug manufacturers have a duty to the public to ensure that the medications they produce are safe for consumption. It is also their responsibility to apply warning labels to their products. Medical staff and patients have a right to know what dangers or side effects are possible when a certain drug is utilized.
If it is believed that medical staff, facility management or pharmaceutical companies played a role in a birth injury, it is okay to investigate the matter. It is a lot of work, however, and may take time before any legal claims are ready to be filed, negotiated or litigated in the state of Louisiana. Understandably, it can be difficult for Mississippi residents to wait a birth injury claim out, but at the end of the day, if compensation can be achieved for one’s losses, the time spent on the case will be time well spent.