Tampa Birth Injury Lawyer
Giving birth is supposed to be one of the most special moments in our lives. But it does not always go as smoothly as we hope. Even the most accomplished doctors and medical teams can make mistakes; if your child was injured at the hands of a medical professional during birth, a medical malpractice claim against the at-fault party may help to ease the financial strain on your family. Our Tampa birth injury lawyers at Freidin Brown, P.A. have assisted countless clients in securing full compensation for their child’s injuries.
What Does a Medical Malpractice Accomplish?
Depending on the type of injury that was caused to your baby, there may be extensive medical costs to cover, as well as future medical needs including surgery or other extensive procedures. Furthermore, an injury to your child may force one of the parents to miss work or even quit their job entirely. The costs of a serious birth injury can quickly add up. A birth injury medical malpractice claim can help you receive compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost quality of life for your child
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earnings for the parent or parents
- Emotional distress of the parents
- Other projected needs, such as additional educational costs, physical therapy, modifications to your home, and mobility equipment
The Seven Most Common Birth Injuries
- Brachial palsy—If the brachial plexus nerves are damaged during delivery, the child may have difficulty flexing or rotating their arm. If the nerves are torn, as opposed to bruised, this condition is permanent, resulting in paralysis of that limb.
- Forceps lacerations and bruising—Forceps used during difficult deliveries can cause injuries to the baby’s face and head. Usually this slight bruising goes away quickly. However, forceps injuries can be more severe in some cases, causing permanent scarring. Vacuum delivery can cause injuries to the child as well.
- Facial paralysis—Severe pressure on the facial nerves, including forceps pressure, can cause facial paralysis. Bruising of these nerves means that the paralysis will likely be temporary. However, nerve tears can require surgery, or lead to permanent paralysis
- Caput succedaneum—Caput succedaneum (injury to the nerves and/or soft tissue around the scalp) is caused as the baby travels through the birth canal.
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage—When the small blood vessels in a baby’s eyes are damaged, they can become bright red, signaling a subconjunctival hemorrhage, which typically resolves in a few weeks.
- Cephalohematoma—Excessive pressure on the head can cause bleeding between the skull and fibrous covering. This blood can form a lump that may take some time to disappear.
- Collarbone fractures—The most common fracture is to the collarbone (clavicle). A fractured collarbone is painful and limits the baby’s ability to move their arm. In some cases, surgery is required to properly set the bone.
Call a Tampa Birth Injury Lawyer Today
Some birth injuries are minor to moderate, while others can cause lifelong disability and pain for the child. Our Tampa birth injury lawyer at Freidin Brown, P.A. can help you receive the compensation you and your child deserve. Call us today at 888-677-7764 to schedule a free consultation.