Examples of Birth InjuriesAn infant can suffer a wide variety of injuries caused by a doctor or other healthcare provider's negligence before, during, or immediately after his or her birth. Some examples of these injuries include:
- Erb's palsy;
- Cerebral palsy;
- Broken bones;
- Brachial palsy.
Statute of Limitations for Birth InjuriesAny type of personal injury claim is bound to a statute of limitations. This is the length of time that the victim or the victim's loved ones have to file a claim against the allegedly negligent party to receive monetary compensation for their losses caused by the accident. When an adult is an injury victim, the statute of limitations for his or her claim is generally only a few years. But when a child is a victim or another party's negligence, the statute of limitations can be much longer. Birth injuries are sometimes not apparent until a child reaches the toddler stage or beyond. Taking this into consideration, the statute of limitations for birth injuries in Florida is two years from the date that the injury occurred or two years from the date by which it should reasonably have been discovered. Any birth injury claim must be filed within four years of the injury's occurrence. When an infant dies because of a physician or other healthcare provider's negligence, the infant's parents must file a wrongful death claim within two years of the child's passing.
If your Child Suffered a Birth InjuryA birth injury can often be the result of the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor during delivery or an incorrect dosage of drugs to a pregnant woman. If your child suffered a birth injury and you want to file a claim to seek compensation for your losses, you will need to prove that your child's injury was a result of professional negligence. Your medical record, your child's medical record, observations from professionals such as a pediatrician or a child behaviorist, and eyewitness accounts of the birth can all be critical pieces of evidence for your claim. When you work with an attorney, he or she can determine which pieces of evidence are necessary to support your claim and help you obtain and use them effectively.
St. Petersburg Birth Injury AttorneysBirth injuries can affect any family and when they do, parents can find themselves facing significant medical expenses and other bills related to their child's injury. If you are a parent whose child has suffered from a birth injury, you could have grounds for a birth injury claim. Contact the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA to schedule your initial legal consultation with our firm and determine if you have grounds for a claim. We can provide you with the compassionate legal guidance and representation you need as you pursue your child's birth injury claim.