Orlando Birth Injury Attorneys
Birth Injury in Orlando? We can help you!
Although today's technological advances have greatly reduced the chances of a problem occurring during labor, it is still possible for human error to jeopardize the health of the baby or mother. Unfortunately, these errors are more common than you would think. According to the CDC, 7 out of every 1,000 children in our country are victims of birth injuries.
Determining that the primary cause of a birth injury was medical negligence can be complicated. It is necessary to prove that healthcare professionals did not maintain a high standard of care before, during, or after delivery and the result was a health problem or injury to the patient.
Types Of Birth Injuries
Medical negligence before, during, or after labor can cause lifelong damage, such as:
- Cerebral palsy, a series of neurological disorders that can severely affect different functions of the body.
- Spina bifida, a defect that occurs when the spinal cord and surrounding tissues do not develop properly.
- Neuropraxia, a birth injury that hinders the transmission of nerve impulses through connective tissues.
- Brachial plexus palsy, which occurs when the baby’s shoulder becomes trapped against the mother’s pelvis, damaging fibers, muscles, and nerves.
- Cephalohematoma, the accumulation of blood under the cranial bone due to the rupture of blood vessels on the head. In severe cases cephalohematoma can lead to brain damage, cerebral palsy, and other complications.
- Oxygen Deprivation, or lack of oxygen during birth. It can cause serious and permanent injuries with lifelong consequences including brain damage, damage to the heart and other organs, and even death.
While some minor birth injuries may heal on their own, other cases may require immediate treatment to minimize the impact of complications on your child's life. In some extreme cases, the baby may be left with a lifelong disability.
Filing a claim for birth injuries is possible in Florida
The Florida statute of limitations establishes a 2-year period from the time of delivery to file a claim for a birth injury case. In addition, you must contact another doctor, to give an affidavit as to the validity of your claim. The latter is crucial to proceed with a lawsuit.
You will need to show that the doctors or nurses involved in the delivery did not properly perform their duties. It will also be necessary to prove that the negligence of the doctors or nurses was the cause of the injuries. You will likely have to resort to a team of specialized doctors and researchers to prove this.
Common types of damages in Florida birth injury claims
Under state law, you are entitled to compensatory damages if you can prove that the birth injuries were caused by medical negligence. Although money cannot always alleviate the discomfort and problems caused by this type of situation, it can help cover present and future medical expenses and help you help your child have a better quality of life.
Compensatory damages can include:
- Medical expenses, including future treatments.
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering.
- Any home modifications that might be needed to overcome the injuries.
- Lost wages and loss of quality of life.
First Choice Law can help you receive proper compensation for birth injuries
Filing a claim after going through a traumatic event, such as the injury of a child during childbirth, can be a complicated and exhausting process. It is very important that, in addition to seeking medical help, you also seek the legal assistance of a highly experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Jason Recksiedler is certified as expert in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar and has helped many clients in the past. Call us today at (321) 999-1111 for a free consultation. You can also fill out the online form located on this page or email us and we will contact you shortly.
Remember that the time to file a claim is limited.