The Washington D.C. Department of Health has temporarily shut down the
United Medical Center’s (UNC) obstetrics ward due to
medical mistakes made by staff. Located in Southwest Washington DC, UNC’s obstetrics
ward provides services to predominantly poorer residents east of the Anacostia River.
According to an article published by
The Washington Post, hospital staff made several medical mistakes while providing care to
newborns and their mothers. For example, the article describes how staff
members made mistakes while delivering a newborn whose mother had HIV.
In this instance, hospital staff did not perform a Caesarean section,
which could have reduced the chance of HIV transmission to the newborn.
The Washington Post article also claims hospital did not test the baby for HIV or provide
antiviral medications after birth.
In a separate incident described in the article, a 35-year-old pregnant
woman arrived at the obstetrics ward with trouble breathing. However,
hospital staff failed to monitor or treat the woman despite her history
of suffering from a potentially fatal blood pressure condition.
Does It Cost Money to File a Birth Injury Lawsuit?
The outcomes of the cases described in today’s blog are unknown.
OB/GYN errors may cause catastrophic injuries or death for pregnant women
or their children. In cases where newborns survive these medical mistakes,
they may require specialized care for the rest of their lives.
Victims of medical mistakes deserve the chance to seek justice against
the parties who are responsible for their injuries or loss, regardless
of their financial standing. The Washington DC
medical malpractice attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC offer free consultations that can explain eligibility
for filing a birth injury lawsuit. Our law firm takes cases on a contingency
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from a settlement or verdict.