Denver Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Malpractice Lawyers
Speak to a Birth Injury Lawyer After a Medical Error Harms Your Newborn
Newborn babies are fragile in the time after their birth, and they rely on parents and medical staff for their care. Babies who stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are even more vulnerable, and medical providers must show extreme caution and rigorous care to ensure their well-being.
When babies in the NICU do not receive adequate treatment, the medical team needs to be held responsible. At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., our top birth injury attorneys have handled hundreds of serious cases throughout the United States. We offer a no-cost initial consultation to parents who suspect medical negligence caused their child’s injury. To set up your consultation, please call our Denver office at toll-free (877) 433-3906 today.
What Is the NICU and Why Are Babies Admitted?
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a section of the hospital where newborn babies who need intensive medical attention after birth are admitted. The NICU holds the technology and staff to provide specialized care for infants.
Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature, meaning they were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, have low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds), or have a medical condition. There are a number of factors related to the mother, the delivery, and the baby that put a baby at risk for admission to the NICU. Some factors include:
- Fetal distress (lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain)
- Breech delivery presentation (buttocks delivered first) or other abnormal presentation
- Umbilical cord issues
- Forceps or cesarean delivery
- Medication or resuscitation in the delivery room
- Respiratory distress, including rapid breathing, grunting, or apnea (stopped breathing)
- Infection, such as GBS, herpes, or chlamydia
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Need for extra oxygen or monitoring, IV therapy, or medications
- Need for special treatment or procedures, such as a blood transfusion
- Multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets, or more)
- Too little or too much amniotic fluid
- Premature rupture of membranes (also called the amniotic sac)
If improperly managed, any of these risk factors or conditions can worsen and injure the baby. For example, a baby having respiratory issues may stop breathing. It is the medical staff’s responsibility to quickly place a breathing tube into the baby’s upper airway. If this process takes too long or is not done properly, the baby could suffer brain damage.
Work with a Knowledgeable Denver Medical Malpractice Attorney
When an error like this occurs in the NICU, it may be considered medical malpractice. You need an experienced, knowledgeable Denver birth injury lawyer to prove that the medical professional was negligent in his or her duties.
Our experienced trial attorneys will work to demonstrate the doctor or hospital staff were negligent by proving a provider/patient relationship existed, the provider failed to meet the standard of care, and the failure was a cause of the baby’s injury.
No one deserves to have their child’s journey to recovery destroyed by a doctor’s error. If you believe an error harmed your baby while undergoing treatment in a Denver neonatal intensive care unit, give Leventhal & Puga, P.C., a call at (303) 759-9945.