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Who’s Responsible in a Kentucky Birth Injury Case?

When babies are injured at birth, parents are left with a lot of questions.  There are concerns about the prognosis of the children and whether their injuries are treatable.

Parents want to know the long-term repercussions, but they often start wondering exactly what went wrong.  A parent’s common reaction is to blame him/herself, but the truth is, most often the Kentucky birth injury had nothing to do with the parents.  Instead, it had everything to do with the physician, hospital or nurse.

Let’s take a closer examination of the parties who are frequently to blame in birth trauma cases.

  • Physician: Doctors have a high level of responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their patients.  However, sometimes they do not provide the standard of care that you would expect during delivery.  If something goes wrong, the doctor who delivered the child could therefore be liable.
  • Nursing Staff: In some situations, the nurses are responsible for birth injuries.  For example, if the nurse failed to monitor the patient, didn’t communicate the patient’s condition to the physician or committed a medication mistake, he or she could be liable for negligence.
  • Hospital: Just like a doctor has to provide a certain standard of care to patients, so does the hospital.  Hospitals can be responsible for negligent actions of their employees, including, physicians, nurses and other staff members.

If your child has been injured at birth, you need to speak with an experienced Northern Kentucky birth injury attorney for advice.  There may be factors involved in the birth injury that you are not even aware of.

For a free case evaluation, contact the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.  We represent birth injury cases involving cerebral palsy, erb’s palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and other types of trauma.

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