The Fort Lauderdale birthing injury attorneys at Anidjar & Levine are committed to helping families who suffer birthing injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. We have extensive expertise in the fields of personal injury and medical malpractice law. Our firm provides the highest quality representation to injured victims throughout Florida.
The periods before and during birth are critical times for a mother and her child. Physicians must be extremely cautious in monitoring both patients throughout the pregnancy and during delivery. The slightest error can result in serious birthing injuries that permanently affect the baby and mother. One example is cerebral palsy, a preventable injury caused by negligence. Failure to properly monitor the fetus during development and through delivery can severely damage the brain, resulting in permanent injuries that impair the child’s ability to move.
Erb’s palsy is another birthing injury that impacts a critical network of nerves, the brachial plexus. Improper delivery of the baby can crush this fragile area, which is located between the neck and shoulder. Damaging this nerve center leads to permanent paralysis of the child’s upper arm and shoulder. Medical negligence can result in a wide range of birth injuries, including:
- Facial paralysis
- Skeletal fractures
- Spinal cord injury
- Cerebral dysfunction
- Intracranial swelling
- Bruising and forceps scars
- Excessive hematoma or bleeding
- Hemorrhage around the optic nerve
In many cases, birthing injuries are a direct result of medical negligence. Negligence during the birthing process occurs when physicians or other health care providers breach their duty of care to the patient. Because obstetricians are considered specialists in their field, they are held to a higher standard of care. Even if the malpractice did not cause direct harm, it may exacerbate an injury or increase its severity. Common acts of malpractice causing birthing injuries include:
- Dilatory response to bleeding
- Negligence in remedying fetal distress
- Mistakes in identifying birth complications
- Delay in performing caesarean section
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor
- Incorrect administration of medicine to induce labor
Most patients want to trust their doctors and believe they did everything they could. But errors in the delivery room are common and should not be ignored. Moreover, the consequences of small mistakes during the birthing process are irreversible and can cause a lifetime of suffering. The medical expenses required to resuscitate the mother and save the baby can be exorbitant. The future medical costs to treat a child suffering from a birth defect are prohibitively expensive.
In addition to the extensive medical bills, there are also the expenses for a family to re-outfit their home and secure an individualized education for a child with special needs. These are not costs that an injured victim – a child injured at birth, and his or her parents – should have to bear. That is why it is imperative to retain an experienced attorney who can develop a persuasive case on all the future costs that accompany a birthing injury. These are damages that the negligent parties must pay.
If you or your family has suffered a birthing injury, the experienced Florida birthing injury lawyers at Anidjar & Levine can help. We use cutting-edge technology and the best medical experts to determine whether your child suffered a preventable injury caused by the negligence of others. Our firm has successfully handled all types of medical malpractice claims, helping families across Florida get back on their feet. At Anidjar & Levine, we understand that living with a birthing injury is hard. That is why we are dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call 800-747-3733 for a free consultation or contact us online.