GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish couple is seeking damages, claiming that their infant was endangered because of inadequate health care.

David Thomas and Norma Taviani, individually and on behalf of their minor child, filed a suit May 3 against University Healthcare System LC, doing business as Tulane-Lakeside Hospital, and its employees, agents and/or staff in the 24th Judicial District Court alleging negligence.

According to the claim, the plaintiff gave birth to their child in March 2014. The suit states that the mother voiced concerns when the child breastfed, the baby would cry as if he had not received enough nutrition. The defendants initially assured the plaintiffs that the child was fine but later decided to admit him to NICU where they discovered that he was suffering from hypernatremia.

The defendant is accused of negligence by failing to provide the skill needed, failing to properly monitor the infant and failing to ensure that the infant was safe and being fed a proper amount to receive adequate nutrition.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, as well as compensation attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Katie N. Lewis of the Law Offices of James A. Marchand Jr., LLC in Covington.

The case has been assigned to Division O Judge Danyelle M. Taylor.

The 24th Judicial District Court case number 771721.

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