A medical malpractice case requires a breach of the standard of care that causes a significant injury that would not have occurred otherwise. In this case, my first question is the significance of the injury, How big is the burn, and will it leave a permanent scar? Is there any injury to surrounding tissue? What was the chemical agent that caused the burn, and why was it used? At this point there are a lot of unanswered questions.
This sounds like a terrible ordeal. You may want to consult with a local medical malpractice lawyer. These types of cases are dependent upon the specific facts and circumstances and really have to be reviewed on a case by case basis. I would suggest that you obtain the medical records and consult with a local medical malpractice lawyer, to review the case and with whom to discuss your options in greater detail.
You may have a case and should gather the information necessary for a proper review by a local medical malpractice attorney and medical expert. You should call the medical records department of the hospital and make an appointment to come in, pay the copying fee and sign the HIPPA forms allowing release of the medical records to you.
It is not unusual to have difficulty starting an IV line on a 1 month old. The hospital should have arranged for a NICU nurse to insert the IV line at the inception. But that, in and of itself, is not malpractice. Careful observations of the IV site throughout each day looking for any redness, color or temperature changes. (I had a similar case where an IV line resulted in what appeared to be a chemical burn due to the administration of phenergan, which is a caustic substance.) If any positive findings are made, a physician should be immediately notified who may order the IV line removed and inserted elsewhere. These observations by the nursing staff should be recorded on an IV flow sheet.
You should call a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible and schedule a consultation. I am not licensed to practice law in your state
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