Ohio Newborn Drop and Fall Accident Attorneys
Protecting the rights of parents after a newborn injury in a hospital or birthing facility
Having a new baby is one of life’s greatest rewards. However, many unexpected things can go wrong in the process - both during and after delivery. When a baby is dropped or suffers any kind of fall in a hospital, the results can be catastrophic.
Bringing a new child into the world should be a joyous occasion. But if your newborn is dropped or falls after birth, it can be devastating. It can be even worse when the baby falls while being held by the mother. If your newborn sustained injuries in a drop or fall accident in the hospital, it can lead to a lifetime of physical, emotional, and financial damages, and you need an experienced Ohio birth injury attorney on your side.
Drop and Fall Accidents
While the idea of dropping a newborn or allowing a newborn to fall is terrifying, these dangerous accidents happen, and there are different variables that can contribute such occurrences. Some factors that can lead to a newborn’s fall include:
- Miscommunication between doctors and nurses
- Inattention by medical staff
- Leaving a newborn unattended on a scale or changing table
- Trying to pass a newborn with slippery hands or gloves
- Not taking proper care when passing a newborn to a new parent
- Not supervising new mothers who might be heavily medicated or sleep deprived
- Improper hospital procedures or equipment for transporting newborns
Sometimes, a doctor or a member of the medical staff will drop an infant or inadvertently allow one to fall in the minutes or hours following delivery. These tragic accidents are as dangerous as they are preventable, and they should never happen in hospitals. Allowing a newborn to fall is almost always the result of inadequate care on the part of the medical professionals, and such falls can result in serious injuries.
Sometimes, the baby will fall while being held by one of its parents, typically (though not always) its mother. Post-delivery on the labor and delivery unit is the only time in a hospital where one patient takes care of another patient. However, both patients are the responsibility of the hospital. Exhausted mothers can easily drop their babies while breastfeeding, if they are not monitored properly. Breastfeeding releases a hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin causes relaxation and drowsiness. And this relaxation and drowsiness can easily lead to a newborn being dropped. However, there are plenty of ways to ensure that a baby does not end up on the floor of a hospital, even while feeding.
Whether it is a doctor, a nurse, any other medical provider, or even a new mother, a newborn should never be dropped. Drops and falls of newborns are almost always the result of medical error. This is true even if the baby falls while being held by its mother.
Common Fall-Related Injuries
Newborns are delicate, and they can sustain many types of injuries if they are dropped or roll off a table or another high place. It is important to remember that newborns have no way of protecting themselves or trying to break their falls, and some common serious injuries include:
- Head trauma
- Brain injuries and damage
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
No one wants their newborn’s life to begin with a serious and possibly life-changing injury. Medical professionals and facilities should be held fully responsible for any injuries or losses that result from this type of accident.
If Your Infant Has Been Injured in a Hospital Drop or Fall Accident, Consult with an Experienced Ohio Birth Injury Attorney Today
It can be devastating to have your newborn suffer injuries in a highly preventable hospital accident. At The Eisen Law Firm, we regularly handle birth injury cases stemming from a wide range of accidents, including newborn drops and falls. We proudly serve the Cleveland area and the state of Ohio, and we’re here to help you and your family hold medical professionals and hospitals accountable for their careless actions. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 216-687-0900 today.