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Newborns possibly exposed to tuberculosis in hospital


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 14, 2013 in Birth Injuries

Soon-to-be and new parents in Connecticut may be interested in a news story about a worker in the maternity unit of a hospital in another East Coast state who tested positive for tuberculosis and may have infected patients. Tuberculosis is an airborne infection that is curable if it is detected. However, new strains of the bacterial infection are more resistant to drugs.

Officials from the hospital sent letters to the parents whose newborns came in contact with the infected worker. The hospital where the incident occurred has offered to test the babies or pay any charges left over after insurance that the parents incur from having them tested at their own pediatrician's office. They attempted to ease the public's worries by saying that those who didn't receive a letter were not in contact with the hospital employee.

A hospital representative made a statement assuring the public that they began taking steps to address the issue as soon as the employee tested positive for tuberculosis. The city health department was also alerted to the test results and the possibility that newborns were exposed to the infected maternity ward employee.

When parents are affected by medical mistakes, they may decide to work with an attorney to hold the hospital responsible for their child's illness or injury. Whether a baby suffers a birth injury or is exposed to a dangerous disease, the parents may want to file a lawsuit against the hospital. A lawyer who has experience in medical malpractice law may explain the parents' rights and, when appropriate, file the paperwork with the courts. If the attorney is unable to reach a settlement with the hospital, the case may go to trial.

Source: NY Daily News, "Manhattan hospital worker may have exposed hundreds of babies to tuberculosis", Corky Siemaszko, November 01, 2013