A baby can bring joy—but also stress due to the multitude of risks that both the mother and child may face. Pregnancy, labor, and delivery can put stress on the human body, and many complications may risk a mother’s life or injure a child—sometimes permanently.
Medical professionals play important roles from the first moment a woman learns she is pregnant until they secure the health of mother and baby. Any mistake can cause life-altering harm to patients. If a birth injury victimized you or your child, do not delay in discussing what happened, or your important legal rights, with a highly experienced birth injury attorney.
The Doral Birth Injury Attorneys at the Sibley Dolman has a thorough understanding of Florida medical malpractice laws and the standard of care women and babies can expect from medical professionals. We represent clients who suffered injuries during the birth process and we are here if you need help. Call today to discuss a possible case for free.
How Birth Injuries Take Place
Not all patients can avoid every birth injury, and not all birth injuries result from medical mistakes or misconduct. However, errors on the part of a doctor, nurse, or another professional attending to a pregnant woman or child regularly cause birth injuries. Common causes of birth injuries include:
- Failing to conduct proper prenatal testing or provide proper prenatal care
- Not identifying the potential for certain complications during birth
- Not placing a mother on bed rest when needed to protect her and the baby
- Prescribing medications for a mother that may cause a baby harm
- Not planning a C-section due to possible birth complications
- Failing to closely monitor the vital signs of a woman and baby during labor and delivery
- Not taking swift action if any vital signs indicate possible distress
- Allowing labor to continue for too long
- Sending a mother home when labor is too advanced
- Improperly using forceps or a vacuum to assist with a birth
- Pulling or twisting too hard on a baby during birth
- Not providing emergency medical care for a baby born with medical problems
- Failing to supervise the health of the mother in the days following labor and delivery
All of the above can lead to many types of birth injuries—for instance, head trauma and oxygen deprivation to the baby, which can damage their tiny brains. Such brain damage can leave many different lasting effects, including cerebral palsy, cognitive impairments, physical impairments, and more. In addition, some mothers begin to hemorrhage after birth and doctors fail to notice until too late and their conditions become life-threatening.
Babies and mothers who suffer birth injuries due to medical mistakes often require costly medical care that they otherwise would not need. This can result in piles of extra medical bills and longer recovery times for the mother, which can interfere with her ability to care for her child or return to work as scheduled. Permanent injuries can make children face lifetimes of disabilities and impairments, limiting their opportunities as a result, or requiring lifelong assistance and care.
If your doctor took wrongful actions—or failed to take certain actions—that resulted in costly harm for you and your family, you may wonder whether you can hold that doctor liable for your injuries. An experienced birth injury lawyer can evaluate your situation and advise you whether you have a medical malpractice claim.
Were You the Victim of Medical Malpractice?
Not every mistake that a doctor makes will constitute medical malpractice. If that were the case, doctors may feel too afraid of possible liability to perform even the most basic functions of their jobs. Instead, Florida medical malpractice law requires that an injured patient prove that a health care provider breached the prevailing professional standard of care expected of that particular kind of health care provider in that particular situation.
For example, imagine that a doctor fails to diagnose a condition in a pregnant woman that could hurt the child if untreated. If based on the woman’s symptoms or other risk factors, another doctor trained in prenatal care would have performed the right tests and diagnosed the condition, the failed diagnosis likely would constitute medical malpractice. If another doctor may also have missed the diagnosis, malpractice liability may decrease.
Your Legal Rights
If you determine that medical malpractice caused your birth injury, you have the right to file an insurance claim or a legal claim in civil court to seek compensation for your losses. Such losses can include:
- Medical expenses for past and future care
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disabilities
A skilled personal injury lawyer will enlist the help of medical experts to prove malpractice and calculate the full extent of your past and future losses stemming from the harm.
Contact a Doral, Florida, Birth Injury Law Firm for More Information
If you learn that medical malpractice caused a birth injury, you only have two years from that date to take legal action in most situations. These complicated claims can take time and effort to prepare, so contact an experienced Doral medical malpractice attorney to begin working on your case as soon as possible.
The lawyers at the Sibley Dolman have the experience needed to handle birth injury cases and are ready to assist you. Please call (727) 451-6900 today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.
8400 NW 36th St Suite 450
Doral, FL 33166
What Our Clients Have to Say:
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