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Who Can Be Held Liable for a Birth Injury?

Understanding Negligence in Birth Injury Claims

Birth injury claims fall under the scope of medical malpractice. In medical malpractice claims, it’s necessary to determine who is negligent for the harm that caused the patient. While most people associate medical malpractice with suing doctors, other medical professionals and entities can also be held liable. Here’s what you need to know.

Medical Professionals and Liability in Birth Injury Claims

Many different parties can be named in a birth injury lawsuit, including medical doctors, nurses, and anesthesiologists. However, most people don’t know that in addition to medical professionals, other entities can be held responsible through “vicarious liability.” Vicarious liability in medical malpractice means that a third party can be held liable for the negligent actions of an employee — such as a hospital that employs a doctor or nurse involved in medical negligence.

Pharmaceutical companies may also be held liable if a drug issued to a patient caused harm and the manufacturer failed to warn physicians of the drug’s potentially dangerous side effects.

Determining Liability

Determining who is liable in a birth injury claim means uncovering the errors that were made that led up to the birth injury and the involved parties. This means sorting through medical records, doctor’s notes, and other medical documentation to prove that the patient did not receive the standard of care they were entitled to.

If you or your baby suffered a birth injury, read on to learn more about how to get legal representation in seeking damages.

Get Help With a Birth Injury Claim

Big cases require big resources. If you or your baby has suffered a birth injury, it’s undoubtedly a scary and stressful situation. Know that you are not alone, and help is available. Birth injury cases are highly complex and require extensive discovery regarding proof of liability. When going through the process of filing a birth injury claim against negligent medical professionals, our attorneys at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC are prepared to protect your right to receive compensation. We are experienced in handling some of the most challenging and unique birth injury claims. Learn how we can help you hold medical professionals accountable for their negligent actions.

Contact us at (502) 242-8872 to speak to one of our lawyers today.