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  • Failure to Identify & Address Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes

    According to a study conducted by doctors for the Florida Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Orlando, approximately 3 percent of pregnant mothers experience “preterm premature rupture of membranes” (PPROM) before 37 weeks gestation. PROM occurs when fetal membranes (such as the amniotic sac and secondary umbilical vesicle) rupture before labor begins, placing unborn children at ...
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  • Common Labor & Delivery Mistakes That May Lead to a Birth Injury

    Birth injuries are among the most difficult cases we handle at Freidin Brown, P.A., and for many reasons. Not only do birth injuries impact families in profound and often life-altering ways, they also create high stakes for victims who deserve justice and depend on full compensation to address their new and difficult circumstances. Additionally, birth injury lawsuits are notorious for their ...
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  • Common Birth Injuries in Florida

    When it comes to medical malpractice and birth injury lawsuits, medical professionals have an obligation to provide acceptable care, appropriately manage risks, and reduce the potential for preventable harm suffered by mothers or babies. Unfortunately, both babies and mothers can face risks of preventable birth injuries, particularly when the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who ...
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  • Health Care Providers & Failures to Prevent Birth Injuries to Mothers

    On our blog, we discuss many different cases involving birth injuries. While a number of these posts focus on preventable and tragic injuries suffered by newborns during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, it is important to remember that mothers also face substantial risks of suffering injuries during birth. That’s especially true when the doctors, nurses, and other health care providers tasked with ...
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  • Cerebral Palsy: Frequently Asked Questions

    Cerebral palsy is a group of movement disorders that occurs as the result of brain damage before, during, or shortly after birth, and it can have far-reaching consequences for children and their families. As birth injury attorneys who fight on behalf of victims across Florida, our Miami trial lawyers at Freidin Brown, P.A. have experience handling cases involving birth injuries like cerebral ...
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  • Medical Malpractice Laws & Statutory Rules in Florida: What Victims Need to Know

    Florida has written laws that define the rights of victims who suffer injuries and damages as a result of medical malpractice, as well as procedural rules regarding how these cases are handled. While victims have the right to seek justice and financial compensation after being harmed by substandard medical care, the process of filing an effective medical malpractice lawsuit and securing a positive ...
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  • Understanding Hospital Negligence in a Birth Injury Lawsuit

    Despite what many people think, a birth injury claim is not limited to surgeons or doctors. In fact, claims can also apply to entire health care facilities, anesthesiologists, nurses, and even pharmaceutical companies. In regards to medical malpractice actions, hospitals can be held responsible for their own negligence and “vicariously” responsible for the negligence of their staff. Understanding ...
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  • Woman Awarded $16 Million in Damages Over Traumatic Birth

    An Alabama jury recently awarded $16 million in damages to a woman who suffered extreme physical and emotional injuries during delivery. The case, which was resolved earlier this month, was filed over a traumatic birth experience that occurred in 2012. In that delivery, a 32-year-old mother suffered injury and serious distress during what should have been a comforting and natural birth. According ...
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  • The Risks of Delayed C-Section

    Every year, nearly 800,000 women in the U.S face birth complications, many of which warrant a cesarean section (C-section) surgery to ensure the safe delivery of the child. When C-sections are not ordered in a timely manner, the results could be disastrous for both a mother and her baby. Medically necessary C-section procedures that are delayed or never ordered at all could constitute medical ...
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  • The Potential Dangers of a Forceps Delivery

    In some cases when a woman is giving birth, forceps are used to help get the baby out of the birth canal. Forceps are often used by doctors if: The baby has reached the birth canal head-first, but the mother is unable to push him or her out. The baby is facing upward instead of downward. Labor isn't progressing as it should (if the mother is pushing without any progress). The mother has a health ...
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  • What Is Birth Trauma?

    During the birth process, a number of forces are being exerted on the child who is being born and on the mother who is giving birth. Birth trauma can be caused by any number of circumstances that can occur during labor as well as during the delivery of a child. This trauma can have serious and long-lasting, if not permanent, health consequences for the child. This can include hypoxic injury, where ...
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  • What Is the Most Common Birth Injury?

    We've talked here before about the various types of birth injuries , and in some cases long-lasting disabilities, that can occur to a baby as he or she is being born. Of all of the injuries that can occur during childbirth, however, the most common involve clavicle (collarbone) fractures. These can happen for a number of reasons: During breach deliveries When a baby experiences shoulder dystocia ...
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  • Birth Injury or Birth Defect?

    When a mother gives birth to her baby, the only thing she usually hopes for is a healthy baby. If the baby has been subjected to medical negligence, though, or a doctor's error, the happiness of the baby's birth can quickly become devastation. A birth injury is caused by something that didn't go right during the delivery process; a birth defect affects the baby before delivery. According to ...
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  • Florida Birth Injuries Sometimes Caused by Medical Errors

    The birth of a baby is typically a joyful event for those who have waited approximately nine months for a child's entrance into the world. Any woman, in Florida or elsewhere, who entrusts herself to the care of professional medical staff for the purpose of assisting in the labor and delivery of her child has the right to reasonably assume that the care provided will be given according to the ...
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  • What Can Go Wrong with the Umbilical Cord Before or During Birth?

    Florida parents know how crucial the umbilical cord is to the development of the unborn child in the womb. It's the means by which the child obtains nutrients and oxygen while removing waste. However, things can go wrong with the umbilical cord, particularly during labor and delivery that can be dangerous and even potentially fatal to a baby. How doctors and other medical professionals respond to ...
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  • Why Early Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy Is Crucial

    Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that many Florida parents may not become aware that their child has suffered for months or possibly even years, depending on the severity of the condition. Mild cases of CP may not be obvious until a child is walking and talking, while others may become obvious in infancy. However, early diagnosis of Cerebral palsy can be crucial to getting children the special ...
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  • The Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Plan

    When Florida parents have a baby who sustains a birth injury with permanent implications for his or her life, a medical malpractice suit is often one of their considerations if they believe the injury may have been due to negligence or error on the part of health care professionals. However, if for some reason compensation is not available through a malpractice suit, there may be another option. ...
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  • Where Do You Turn When Your Baby Suffers a Birth Injury?

    Having a baby is usually one of the most joyful times in people's lives. However, when your child is born with an injury or disability, that joy is quickly replaced by fear, anger, confusion, sadness and helplessness. People often don't differentiate between a birth defect and a birth injury. However, they are not the same thing. Birth injuries are caused by something that happened during the ...
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  • Birth Injuries Are Down, but They Can Be Serious When They Occur

    Advances in prenatal care have made birth injuries far less common than even a few decades ago. Fortunately, most that do occur heal on their own. However, sometimes babies suffer serious injuries as they make their way into the world. We'll look at a few that can result in death or problems that may require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation and long-term care. Nerve injuries often ...
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  • Lawsuit Details How Rushed Delivery Led to Cerebral Palsy Injury

    A teenage boy was recently helped into a Florida courtroom as a medical malpractice trial against the doctor who delivered him 16 years ago got underway. The lawsuit stems from assertions by the teen's parents that the obstetrician acted in haste and rushed the boy's 1998 delivery. Today, the 16 year old has been diagnosed as suffering from cerebral palsy. He has the intellectual capacity of a ...
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  • What kinds of birth injuries result from shoulder dystocia?

    Shoulder dystocia is a complication that occurs most often with larger babies. It happens in anywhere from 5 to 9 percent of babies who weigh over nine pounds at birth. It can occur in smaller babies, but not as commonly. Just 1 percent of six-pound newborns experience shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia occurs as the baby moves into the birth canal if the shoulders become trapped behind the ...
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  • How do you know if cerebral palsy was caused by a birth injury?

    Cerebral palsy is one of the most common types of birth injury. However, it is not always caused by a complication during delivery. Sometimes it is caused by a brain injury before the baby is born or even by a head injury in infancy. People with CP have a wide range and severity of symptoms. It is not one specific disorder, but a generic term for a variety of disorders that impact brain function. ...
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  • Florida hospitals working toward 39-week gestation for babies

    Nearly 50 Florida hospitals have received recognition from the March of Dimes and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as part of the “Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait” program. According to a March of Dimes spokesperson, many other Florida medical facilities are working to qualify for the honor by year-end. The program was designed to decrease the practice of delivering a baby before ...
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  • Florida birth injury fund provides model for another state

    If some Maryland legislators and leading hospitals get their wish, that state could join Florida, New York and Virginia as the only states with birth injury funds. The proposed bill would create the Maryland Injured Baby Fund, which would provide financial help to parents of babies who have suffered a birth injury . The proposed fund is modeled on Florida's and Virginia's programs. A law professor ...
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  • Baby suffers 'internal decapitation' during birth

    Most people aren't familiar with the term "internal decapitation." However that is what reportedly happened to a baby during her birth. Allegedly, when the doctor used forceps to deliver the little girl during an emergency C-section, he severed her spinal cord and also crushed her skull. She is brain dead, unable to breathe without equipment and cannot move on her own. Her parents are preparing to ...
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