As a parent, if your newborn ends up needing hospital care after birth, you may spend extended amounts of time not being around your new child. You trust the hospital staff to provide proper care. But what if that doesn’t happen? What if your child winds up with unexplained injuries?
Tragic as it sounds, this has happened before. Earlier this year, there was a case where children in a hospital’s newborn intensive care unit (ICU) ended up with injuries that no one could really explain. When officials at the hospital found out what had happened, they contacted the police, and the authorities started an official investigation.
The spokesperson for the hospital expressed remorse and said that they took the allegations seriously. At least one employee did face suspension while the investigation was being carried out.
The hospital is the last place you expect your child to get hurt. This is a place you come for treatment and care, not to put your child at risk.
While these types of incidents certainly do not happen often, this story does show that the risk still exists when things are out of your control. As frightening as that is to a new parent, you may not be around to keep your child safe 24/7.
If your child does get hurt, either during the birth itself or because of something that happens after the fact, it is critical for you to know all of the legal rights that you have. Take notes, document the issue as carefully as you can and look into all of your options moving forward.