She should get a copy of medical records and have them reviewed by a physician and an attorney to see if the hospital fell below the standard of care. The statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases is short (1 year against private defendants and 6 months claims statute against government defendants), so she should do so as soon as possible. She should consult with a medical malpractice attorney right away.
Consult with a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible so that they may obtain the records and go over them to determine if you have a cause of action, best of luck.
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Everyone has given you good advice here. I take it the baby is fine which of course is wonderful. I am not sure whether your cousin does or does not have the infection. If she does have an infection and it can be shown that it came as a result of negligence then there is a claim. However if she makes a quick recovery with no long term damage or consequences then the claim would have little value. The costs of pursuing medical negligence cases are very high and if such a claim would not bring a meaningful economic recovery to your cousin then she probably would not want to pursue it and a lawyer would probably not be interested.
This is a common situation. However, it is best to consult a lawyer to address this issue right away. Provide the complete information to a medical malpractice lawyer so that he or she may assist you further. Keep in mind that to prove the hospital's liability the following must exist:
1) The physician deviated from the accepted standard of medical care;
2) That the deviation of this individual caused an injury to the patient; and
3) That the injury has resulted in permanent disability or injury to the patient.
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