The birth of a child should be a magical and happy moment for every family. However, it is also a complex and strenuous process, so it should be no surprise that things can and do go wrong. While some injuries are unavoidable, in other cases, injuries may be the fault of the medical professionals working with your family.
If you believe a medical professional may have caused an injury to your newborn, you should contact a personal injury attorney for advice on how to pursue damages and compensation. At Flagler Personal Injury Group we provide clients with a range of personal injury solutions, including Miami birth injury lawyers, to help represent you during this difficult time.
Contact a Miami Birth Injury Lawyer Now
We understand this is a highly difficult and distressing subject and we are sensitive to the emotional needs of all our clients. We do everything in our power to provide guidance and support while never pressuring a decision. We aim to minimize your distress while providing you with representation so that you can look after your family and recover emotionally, while still receiving the monetary compensation you are entitled to.
If you would like to learn more, then get in touch today at (305)424-8445. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case. We will assess the events leading up to your injury and let you know the likelihood of success, as well as precisely what pursuing legal action will entail. You can then decide if you would like to go ahead.
If you would like to learn more about what a Miami birth injury law firm can do for you, just ask one of our dedicated attorneys.
What Are Birth Injuries?
Birth injuries can include a wide range of medical complications, including hypoxia, nerve damage, Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy and shoulder dystocia to name a few. In all these cases, it is possible that the injury resulted from medical negligence, which would make for a potential medical malpractice case.
An injury resulting from medical negligence means the doctors, nurses or other staff did not conform to the accepted medical standards of practice.
Negligence can cover a broad range of different situations, which is why it is so important to seek consultation with a Miami birth injuries lawyer. The term can cover misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, failure to carry out the proper tests, mistreatment of the patient, wrongful prescriptions or other mistakes. Should a doctor or nurse forget to remove medical equipment following surgery for instance, this might lead to fetal distress and birth injuries. Likewise, hesitation in performing a C-section, or the prescription of experimental drugs could all be seen as examples of medical malpractice.
A few potential examples of errors and complications that might lead to birth injury include:
- Lack of planning for Cesarean
- Delay in performing Cesarean
- Excessive force during delivery
- Use of incorrect tools such as forceps and vacuums
- Lack of proper attention to high risk pregnancies
- Overstretching leading to spinal cord injury
- Low amniotic fluid
- Uterine rupture
- Placental abruption
Among the most serious and common birth traumas are those that result in brain injury. This can result from internal bleeding in the skull, oxygen deprivation or impact. A baby’s brain is highly delicate and incredibly complex, and infants must be treated with the utmost care and attention at all times.
Failure to follow protocol can result in life-changing consequences for parents and children alike – robbing them of potential futures. Any of these mistakes could potentially lead to severe distress for the parents and potentially life-changing conditions for the newly born child. It is therefore only right that the victims of these mistakes should receive compensation to help make their lives a little easier going forward.
Medical malpractice and medical negligence are terms that are often used interchangeably. However, these are not the same thing. Medical negligence is only one area of malpractice. For a medical negligence case to be considered malpractice, it is necessary that negligence led directly to injury, medical complication or death.
It is the job of your Miami birth injury lawyer to help you prove that due to medical negligence, your loved one suffered an injury deserving of compensation. Your case needs to be prepared and presented in a manner that will be well-received by the court.
Damages can include any medical costs that may have been incurred as a result of the injury, as well as the emotional distress that you have suffered. While financial compensation will not make up for a difficult birth or for the trauma that you and your family have experienced, it can help you and your family to focus on healing rather than worrying about new financial stresses.
Without seeking compensation, victims may be left to pay for medical costs associated with their child’s brain injury, to deal with loss of income through time taken off of work or to pay for funeral costs. All this can create additional stress and trauma during a time when you need to be focusing on grieving, healing and repairing. That is the value and importance of using a Miami birth injury attorney to get the justice and compensation you are entitled to.
It is also important to consider the way that your actions may affect others in future. Seeking compensation draws attention to problems that exist within the medical industry and it helps to prevent the same tragedy from happening to others.
Get Legal Help Today
We understand that this is an incredibly difficult and emotional time. And perhaps you just want to focus on your new child – there is usually a lot of happiness here too. However, failure to act could result in your missing your opportunity. That is why we provide a service that is fast, straightforward and sensitive to your circumstances. Our job is to represent you and get compensation on your behalf so that you don’t have to face the additional stress of the legal system. We are compassionate and caring professionals here to represent you in your time of need. To find out more, get in touch at (305)424-8445 and we can discuss your case. We will focus on your case, while you focus on your new family.
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