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Nurse allegedly gave pain medication to newborn in error

Unfortunately birth injuries in Providence are not uncommon. Babies have delicate body systems, so even one wrong move by neonatal doctors and nurses can lead an infant on a lifelong course of sickness or disability. For a parent, it is distressing to see your child placed in harm’s way by the same individuals who are supposed to care for them. However, it is almost equally as upsetting to face a load of medical bills due to an error that could have been avoided.

A one-day-old newborn was recently treated for organ failure after his nurse allegedly gave him a dose of pain medication that was supposed to go to his mother. Furthermore, the father claims that the nurse failed to report her error to hospital administration. It is unclear whether or not the nurse will lose her job with the hospital as a result of her negligent actions.

The court documents state that it wasn’t until the baby had a reaction to the medication that the nurse even realized that something was wrong. The child was taken to a different hospital where he was treated for the side effects that ensued.

Following an accident, it may be impossible to fully understand the entire spectrum of disabilities that an infant might face later on in life as a result of medication errors and postpartum negligence.  Speaking with an attorney who understands the complicated nature of birth injury cases is a good way to gain insight on steps you can take to possibly seek compensation.

Source: Source: State College, “Police Investigating Medication Error Involving Newborn,” Adam Lidgett, August 13, 2013

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