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Who may be named as defendants in a cerebral palsy lawsuit?

When parents in Rhode Island have to deal with the consequences of their child suffering a birth injury, there might be questions about whom to hold responsible. The repercussions of a birth injury such as cerebral palsy will be life-changing, and financial relief will be essential. While the doctor is typically the first person to be blamed, procedures at the medical facility or hospital may indicate partial liability.

Medical facilities must have appropriate policies and procedures in place, and the hiring and training of staff must meet specific standards. Patients must be protected from suffering further harm by providing care that will keep them healthy and safe. Hospitals that fail to meet the required standards prescribed by guidelines of professional associations, laws, regulations and common practice could be named as defendants in birth injury lawsuits -- along with the medical staff that was involved.

The skills and training of physicians and their assistants, obstetricians and others prepare them to recognize potential distress or other problems that might lead to a birth injury. Medical malpractice lawsuits often follow the failure of medical personnel to identify and act upon dangerous situations during birth, and in some cases, problems are caused by their negligence. There is a variety of errors that could result in cerebral palsy, including inappropriate use of instruments and causing harm during or after the birthing process.

Gathering the evidence required to prove medical malpractice can be extremely challenging because administrative and medical staff are not likely to admit fault. However, help is available from a Rhode Island attorney who is experienced in dealing with lawsuits involving cerebral palsy. After researching the case and determining the viability of a claim, the lawyer can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings.

Source: consumersafety.org, "Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit", Curtis Weyant, March 7, 2018

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