An Atlanta medical center was recently sued by five area mothers claiming medical malpractice. Each mother has alleged that due to hospital negligence, their infants were not given suitable medical attention and either suffered serious injury or died as a result.
According to four of the plaintiffs, their babies died without explanation soon after delivery. The fifth mother’s infant survived childbirth but was apparently injured in a delivery error and now suffers nerve damage. All five of the women are minorities with low economic means, and their attorney is questioning whether their status was a factor in the reported negligent care of their infants.
Medical care providers, including doctors, medical staff and the hospitals that employ them, are all held to a high level of responsibility when it comes to care of their patients. All individuals are entitled to quality medical attention regardless of their ethnicity or socio-economic status. When a medical professional breaches the duty of care, their negligence tragically can cause patients serious injury, emotional trauma, permanent disability or even death.
Anyone who is injured due to the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional may sue for medical malpractice. With the help of a skilled personal injury attorney, a plaintiff can recover compensation for past medical expenses, future medical expenses for long-term care, lost wages and pain and suffering. In the unfortunate event that a patient dies due to medical negligence, the victim’s family can sue for wrongful death. In addition to receiving compensation for monetary expenses, a court can order an award for the loss of their loved one’s companionship.
For a proper doctor-patient relationship to exist, individuals must be able to trust their medical care providers. When this trust is broken, patients deserve to be compensated for their injuries.
Source: My Fox Atlanta, “Lawsuit claims medical center allowed negligence in baby deaths,” Trey Thomas, Dec. 7, 2012