Florida Birth Injury Lawyer
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The birth of a child should be a happy and joyous time. However, when a birth injury occurs due to medical negligence committed by the hospital, obstetrician, doctor or nurse, happiness can turn into devastation.
Six to eight of every 1,000 newborn babies will suffer a birth injury. Of those, experts estimate that about one-half could be avoided through the recognition of risk factors during labor, and taking appropriate steps to limit the impact of birth trauma.
The Florida birth injury lawyers at Freidin Brown, P.A. have 100 years of combined experience fighting for rights of the injured throughout South Florida. If your child suffered a birth injury because of a medical mistake, we can help you hold the responsible person accountable while securing the compensation you will need to provide continuing care, rehabilitation, and any other medical services made necessary by the injury. View our Florida birth injury FAQ to learn more or call 866-716-7292 to schedule a FREE initial consultation.
How to Identify the Cause of a Birth Injury?
Birth injury or birth trauma is referred to as any damage, injury, or death an infant sustains before, during, and sometimes after the birth. Emergencies can also arise that threaten the life and health of the birth mother. Thousands of cases of birth injuries occur every year in the United States.
While some injuries are simply the result of the natural birthing process and will heal on their own within a few days or weeks, birth injuries that are caused by the negligence of a medical professional can have long-lasting effects which may prevent your child from living a full, happy life.
Birth injuries range in severity and include:
- Birth Mother Injury
- Brachial Plexus
- Brain Cooling Injury
- Breech Birth Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
- Infant Medication Error
- Labor & Delivery Complications
- Life Care Planning
- Pediatric Stroke
- Retinal Detachment
- Retinopathy Of Prematurity (ROP)
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Umbilical Cord Complications
- Vacuum Extraction
Common causes of infant injuries include pulling or twisting on the baby’s head or arm during delivery, improper use of forceps or a vacuum to aid delivery, delaying an emergency C-section, and failing to recognize signs of distress in the mother or the unborn baby.
Birth injuries caused by medical malpractice can quickly become very complex legal cases. Your child’s future may rest on the outcome of a birth injury lawsuit in terms of providing the financial resources to cover medical expenses, therapy, rehabilitation, medical equipment, and even in-home care made necessary by a doctor’s mistake.
Birth trauma and serious birth injuries come in a variety of forms. When a medical mistake or hospital negligence is to blame for your son’s or daughter’s injuries, the scope of the trauma may depend on what your doctor, nurse, or other member of your birthing team did wrong. At Freidin Brown, P.A., our Florida birth injury lawyers have been collectively helping families recover financial compensation for 100 years.
Some pregnancies are higher risk than others and a birth injury may be more likely if:
- The baby is large
- The mother’s pelvis is small relative to the size of the baby’s head
- The baby is born prematurely
- The mother’s labor was difficult or prolonged
- The baby is born in a breech position
- The mother is expecting twins, triplets, etc.
If your newborn was diagnosed with a birth injury or you suspect that a mistake by your birthing team harmed your child, our Florida birth injury lawyers at Freidin Brown, P.A. welcome your call to discuss what happened.
We offer FREE consultations. Call us at 866-716-7292.
Medical Mistakes, Doctor Negligence, & Nurse Malpractice
You should be able to trust your birthing team to look out for your health as well as the health of your newborn when you begin labor and delivery. While some birth injuries may simply be the result of being born, others may be caused or made worse by the action or inaction of your doctor, your nurse or the hospital where you are delivering.
Medical mistakes or doctor negligence that can cause serious, permanent injury to your newborn include:
- Failing to recognize a high-risk pregnancy or anticipate complications related to labor and delivery
- Failing to monitor your baby’s fetal heart rate (FHR) or recognize signs of fetal distress
- Delaying a medically necessary cesarean section
- Misusing forceps or a vacuum extractor during delivery
- Inducing labor through inappropriate use of Pitocin
- Failing to detect umbilical cord complications such as prolapse
- Failing to screen for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
Your medical team is responsible for providing a safe environment for mothers and babies before, during and after childbirth. Complications that affect the life and health of the mother, such as infection, prolonged bleeding and improper use of anesthetics or epidurals, may also give rise to medical malpractice or, in the worst situations, wrongful death lawsuits.
What are the signs of birth injury?
Our Florida birth injury lawyers at Freidin Brown, P.A. have been fighting for rights of those who have been injured and their families for many years. We have developed a reputation for achieving positive results in medical malpractice cases, holding doctors responsible, getting families the money they need, and working to improve the health care system for everyone.
Common Labor & Delivery Mistakes That May Lead to a Birth Injury
Birth injuries that are caused by a medical mistake are preventable. If your baby was injured during birth, a medical professional who failed to recognize signs of fetal distress may be responsible for injuries to your child caused by:
- Labor and delivery complications
- Umbilical cord complications
- Infant medication errors
- Pediatric stroke
- A delayed Cesarean section
- Oxygen deprivation
- Placenta previa or placenta abruption
Doctors, nurses, and hospitals who provide childbirth services must be held responsible when their actions or in-actions amount to medical negligence and result in a birth injury to your infant. Informed health care professional are also expected to diagnose and treat properly any issues that may arise during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Coping with Birth Injuries
Florida Birth Injury Lawyers Finding Resources for Your Baby & Family
The birth of your newborn should be a joyous event. You may have been planning for months, getting the nursery just right, adjusting the car seat, and making sure you have enough diapers to get you through at least the first week home from the hospital. You probably were not thinking about what you would do if your baby was injured during labor and delivery.
At Freidin Brown, P.A., we understand that a birth injury is a life-changing event for your child and your family. We also understand that those first days, weeks or months following serious birth trauma can be stressful, frightening, and frustrating all at the same time. If you have questions about holding a doctor, nurse, hospital or other health care professional responsible for the harm caused to your child, please call our firm at 866-716-7292 for a FREE initial consultation. Our Florida birth injury lawyers can help you understand your right to lifetime benefits for your son or daughter from the professional who caused his or her injury.
How to Cope with a Newborn Birth Injury
Whether your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, brachial plexus or Erb’s palsy or suffered severe brain damage during childbirth, you are not alone. There are other parents in Florida and throughout the United States who are helping their children live full lives in spite of a birth injury and organizations that can offer financial assistance, counseling, and respite care. Depending on the injury your newborn suffered, he or she may require rehabilitative therapy, including physical, occupational and speech therapy; additional financial resources may be required to provide for those needs.
State and federal benefit programs are available to help offset expenses related to a birth injury, such as:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Public grant programs
A birth injury affects the whole family. Becoming a primary caregiver to a child with special needs can be exhausting and overwhelming. Seeking out others in similar situations-such as finding a local support group or an online support group for parents of children with similar injuries-may be helpful. Sitting down with your family and discussing the changes and day-to-day struggles and triumphs that each person experiences may help lessen the stress of caring for a special-needs child.
Siblings of special-needs children need to feel important as well. Brothers and sisters may experience ridicule from their peers because of the actions or behaviors of the child with a birth injury. It is often easy to focus so much energy on the child who needs your constant attention that other children may feel left out.
Coping with a Birth Injury May Not Be Easy, But it is Not Impossible.
Every family is different and each person within that family is different. We all deal with stress and unexpected change in our own way. When you first discover that your newborn was injured during childbirth, you may feel angry, scared, worried, and a host of other emotions. You can do this and there is plenty of help available.
Put The Experienced Florida Birth Injury Lawyers Of Freidin Brown, P.A. On Your Side
At Freidin Brown, P.A., our Florida birth injury lawyers are dedicated to pursuing the compensation your family needs to adjust to a life created by a preventable birth injury. When medical malpractice or negligence leads to a serious, permanent injury to your newborn son or daughter, we can help you obtain the compensation you need to provide for your child.
After a birth injury takes part of the joy away from your child’s birthday, the lawsuit may or may not be the last thing on your mind. Our lawyers will take care of the legal matters while you focus on your family. We operate on contingency, so you’ll pay no upfront fees when you work with us. You only pay if we win. Contact Freidin Brown, P.A. if you need legal representation.