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Florida Birth Injury Attorney

Types of Birth Injuries in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Birth injuries are unfortunately a common occurrence in the U.S., even though our country has been referred to as having the "most advanced healthcare system in the world." It is estimated that approximately three to six babies in every 1000 sustain some form of injury during the birthing process. The rate of injury is higher for male babies than for females, and injuries occur more frequently is non-profit hospitals compared to for-profit hospitals. These injuries ran from minor scratches or bodily bruises during the delivery process to serious complications and devastating medical mistakes. Some types of birth injuries can lead to irreparable harm and a lifetime of suffering for an infant, and it is important to investigate the cause of each birth injury.

In many situations, birth injuries may have been preventable by a healthcare provider and may be the result of negligence or medical malpractice. Doctors, nurses, midwifes, paramedics, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals are held to a certain standard of professional care and when they act negligently, they should be held responsible for their actions. Birth injury claims are some of the most complicated and difficult types of malpractice claims to pursue because they require a great deal of investigation and litigation, so it is important that you have an experienced legal professional on your side.

Common Birth Injuries

Here at Weinstein & Scharf, P.A., we have seen the devastation and difficulties that come about because of birth injuries. Our Florida birth injury lawyers are here to help you through this difficult time by protecting your rights, investigating the injury, and seeking justice and compensation on your behalf. Over the years, we have recovered millions for injury victims and their families and we are confident in our ability to help you.

Common examples of the birth injuries that we can help with include:

Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy typically results from some brain damage that occurs during the baby's fetal development or the delivery process, but it can also sometimes develop out of natural pregnancy complications or medical mistakes. When a baby is not supplied the adequate oxygen it needs, or when a medical professional fails to treat jaundice in a timely manner, that infant may suffer from the effects of cerebral palsy for the rest of his or her life.

Erb's Palsy
Erb's Palsy is a type of nerve injury that affects the movement of a child's shoulder, arm, and hand. These injuries can happen when a doctor applies too much force to the baby's head during the birth delivery process. In some cases, a baby is too large to fit easily through the birth canal and can become stuck, which is called "shoulder dystocia." Approximately 20% of the time, these injures are so severe that the baby's nerves may be torn from their points of attachment or may be ruptured.

Child Brain Damage
Every year, thousands of babies are diagnosed with child brain damage because of medical malpractice. This can create a tough situation for parents who must try to help their child overcome difficulties with the most simple of tasks. The costs of child brain damage often last for the rest of that child's life, and may include hefty financial expenses from medical care to lost wages, and more. Child brain damage is commonly related to trauma to the injury or brain before, during, or shortly after birth.

Paralysis
When a physician acts negligently during the delivery process, a young infant can suffer traumatic injury resulting in facial paralysis. Sometimes known as facial nerve palsy, this type of injury typically results from the inadequate handling or misapplied pressure to an infant's face. Facial paralysis can range in severity and can require extensive physical therapy over the course of that infant's life.

Coma
Young infants who suffer brain injuries may go into a coma or a vegetative state, and this can lead to lifelong dependency. These cases are some of the most tragic birth injuries and those affected may be entitled to significant compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, or long-term care.

Brachial Plexus Injuries
This type of birth injury is often diagnosed while a baby is still in the hospital, and happens in approximately two in every 1,000 births. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves along the side of the neck, and these nerves control the movement of the arm, hand and fingers. Any injury to this system is known as "brachial plexus palsy" and may bring about additional medical costs.

Birth Injuries to Mothers

In addition to the extensive physical damage a child can sustain during birth, they may also experience adverse mental effects, especially in cases that involve the infant being deprived of oxygen. Behavioral problems or mental retardation are not uncommon in cases where the child is facing the wrong way, or has the umbilical cord wrapped around their neck. If you or your child has suffered an injury during birth, it is crucial that you consult with a personal injury lawyer immediately. If the injury was a result of medical negligence or error, you may be entitled to significant compensation from those at fault.

Mothers are also at risk for injury when complications take place in the delivery room. Giving birth is a traumatic event for mothers and they are at risk for injury, illness or infection if something goes wrong. If the hospital did not follow the proper procedure during pre- or post-delivery care, you have the right to seek compensation. Mothers who suffer vaginal tears and fissures or injury during a Caesarean section (C-section) may also have the right to seek compensation.

Legal Representation for Florida Birth Injury Victims

Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. differs from many other law firms in that we are dedicated to providing personalized representation to each and every client. We work closely with each individual that we represent, and are always available to answer questions or provide information and updates regarding one's case. We have tried many malpractice cases during our years of practice, including those involving birth injuries, and we understand how frightening and stressful they can be. We are here to help you in your baby has suffered a birth injury, and we will do our utmost to increase your chances of being fully compensated for the damages. The future quality of life and wellbeing of the baby is our only concern, and we will aggressively pursue the compensation deserved in birth injury claims.

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