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 treat them during pregnancy, labor, or delivery are negligent.
At Freidin Brown, P.A., our Florida lawyers have earned national recognition for our ability to prevail in a range of challenging injury cases, including those involving all types of avoidable birth injuries. Over the years, our firm has leveraged more than a century of combined experience to help families protect their rights when taking on negligent health care providers and hospitals in their legal battles, and have succeeded in recovering millions of dollars on their behalves.
Due to our extensive experience and record of success, we’ve cultivated a great deal of insight into the challenging medical and legal aspects of medical malpractice and birth injury cases. We’ve also come to know and understand the many challenges families face, as well as some of the most common birth injuries that make up these claims. Below, we discuss a few of the most common birth injuries in Florida according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Cerebral Palsy – Cerebral palsy, or CP, refers to a group of disorders that impact movement and muscle control. While its underlying cause may not be known in some cases, many babies who develop the condition do so as a result of preventable birth injuries and substandard care that occurs during pregnancy or the birthing process. For example, cerebral palsy may be caused by brain damage when doctors or nurses fail to monitor signs of fetal distress during labor, improperly use devices such as forceps or vacuum extractors, or fail to perform a timely C-section when medically warranted, among other causes. While the condition can range in severity, it has no cure and creates a lifetime of limitations and increased medical needs, making full and fair compensation vital in cases where it could and should have been prevented.
Erb’s Palsy – Erb’s palsy is a common preventable birth injury caused by injuries to the brachial plexus band of nerves which travel through the shoulder and controls movements of the arm. Often it results from excessive force applied during birth, such as pulling on a baby’s neck or arms, shoulder dystocia, and improper use of forceps and vacuums. It may also be caused by certain acts of substandard medical care, such as when doctors fail to correctly assess the size and positioning of a baby in the whom, potential pregnancy complications, and the need for a C-section as compared to traditional birth.
Brain injuries – Brain injuries that arise from birth trauma are among the most serious birth injuries in Florida and are unfortunately not that uncommon. While cases can vary, these types of injuries typically involve hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which is caused by oxygen deprivation to a fetus or a newborn’s brain. When this occurs, a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain can result in serious injuries, including the development of various disabilities, cerebral palsy, sensory impairment (vision and hearing), learning disabilities, and more. Given the serious long-term and life-altering impact of birth-related brain injuries, seeking compensation from negligent medical professionals becomes crucial to helping families obtain the financial resources they need to care for their children.
Unforeseen complications are an inherent risk to any pregnancy and delivery, but there are many birth injuries which could and should be prevented if not for the negligent acts of medical professionals and their failures to provide care that meets acceptable standards of their profession. At Freidin Brown, P.A., our Florida birth injury lawyers know that families coping with birth injuries have many questions about the rights, whether their child’s birth injury was preventable, and how they may be able to seek justice and compensation for their losses, which is why we make ourselves available 24/7 to evaluate their cases.
If you would like more information about a potential birth injury case anywhere in the state of Florida, and learn how our award-winning legal team may be able to fight for you, please contact us for a FREE and confidential consultation.