Florida Birth Injury Lawyers
If your child has suffered an injury as the result of medical malpractice during pre- or post-natal testing or the labor process, you may be entitled to legal action. Contact the birth injury attorneys at Farah & Farah today for your free no-obligation case review.
What is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury is a complication that arises during the birthing process. Some birth injuries can result when there is a disruption of oxygen to the brain of the infant during his birth, whether still in utero, during, or after the birth. If the physician cannot respond quickly enough or delivers delayed or substandard care, such as waiting too long to order a cesarean section, a birth trauma can result. Other birth injury trauma may result from wrongfully administered medication, prenatal infection, or even mistakes while reading medical charts.
While some injuries like laceration or bleeding are easy to identify, others can cause invisible neurological damage. These injuries create lasting damage that manifests as developmental disabilities and missing critical milestones like talking, walking, or crawling. Birth injuries are severe and can result in lifelong impairments or — in tragic cases — premature death.
Types of Birth Injuries and Complications
There are many types of birth injuries and complications. The following are some examples of this trauma:
- Cerebral palsy
- Shoulder dystocia/Erb’s palsy
- Brain abnormalities
- Down syndrome
- Cystic fibrosis
- Heart defects
- Improper analysis of medical scans
- Limb malformations
- Meconium aspiration
- Prenatal infection
- Sickle cell anemia
- Spina bifida
- Tay-Sachs disease
Sadly, many of these birth injuries are not curable. Children with cognitive damage may suffer serious diminishment of motor functions, including learning disabilities, seizures, and other painful conditions. A large fraction of these children may require medical assistance and technology for the remainder of their lives.
How Do Birth Injuries Happen?
Although there are many causes of birth injuries, injuries fall into two primary types. Injuries are either the result of external trauma during birth or damage due to oxygen deprivation. These causes are not mutually exclusive. Doctors and medical professionals frequently make mistakes that result in these types of injuries, including:
- Abdication of responsibility to diagnose pregnancy, such as preeclampsia or maternal infections like toxoplasmosis.
- Avoidable errors in epidural and medication
- Delays in diverting birth plan to include necessary cesarean section
- Failure to intervene and treat jaundice
- Failure to properly respond to signs of maternal or fetal distress
- Overly vigorous use of tools like vacuum extractors or forceps
In many cases, the medical professional’s mistake has cost the mother or baby undue suffering. When a medical professional causes unnecessary suffering, they should be held responsible for harming their patient. Hiring a lawyer who understands birth injury can help you win the justice you deserve.
Filing a Lawsuit in a Florida Birth Injury Case
Generally, Florida views birth injuries as a type of medical malpractice known as obstetrical malpractice. Broadly speaking, medical malpractice is when a medical professional — such as a delivery room nurse or an obstetrician — violates the standard of care for a patient. Proving negligence is tricky because you must meet the minimum requirements to demonstrate the burden of proof.
Birth injury can cause significant lifelong damage. Including learning disabilities, cognitive impairment, or other deficiencies. Many of these problems require long term care. An experienced lawyer can help you fight to recover the cost of medical bills and reimbursement for suffering, inconvenience, and future care.
When children are injured during birth, there is a limited time frame to act. If you are considering filing a claim for a birth injury, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Contact a Florida Birth Injury Lawyer Today!
At Farah & Farah, our Florida birth injury attorneys are committed to protecting you and your family and can help you understand your legal rights and options.
An injury to your baby equates to an injury to you and your entire family. In the event that your child was injured as the result of a preventable mistake on the part of medical staff, you may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as present and future medical bills, loss of future income, pain and suffering, at-home care, loss of quality of life and others.
Our Florida birth injury attorneys are equipped to handle all types of birth injury investigations which may include the hiring of medical experts to determine whether your child’s injury was avoidable. You will want to contact an attorney in a timely manner. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to file a claim.
If you believe that you or your child has suffered from medical malpractice during childbirth, you owe it to yourself to hire a lawyer. The experienced attorneys at Farah & Farah have a track record of winning cases for clients. Farah & Farah will go toe-to-toe with the medical establishment to win the justice you deserve. Contact today for your free no-obligation case review.