Birth Injury

Birth Injury

Birth InjuryThe birth of a child is one of the most anticipated events in a family’s life. However, if that event is marred by a birth injury that could have somehow been prevented, the results can have not only physical and emotional ramifications, but also long-lasting financial consequences. Babies impacted by birth injuries may require current and future medical care, therapy, medications, specialized schooling, long-term care and more – all of which can come with a hefty price tag.

The Eltringham Law Group in Boca Raton provides justice to individuals in Florida and across the nation. Birth injuries can impact a child’s and his or her family’s life forever. If you believe that your child has suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence, error or mistake, you may be entitled to compensation and should consider pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Childbirth Injuries, Mistakes or Failures:

  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Improper use of labor-inducing drugs
  • Failure to identify and address hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain)
  • Failure to diagnose conditions affecting the placenta
  • Failure to identify birth defects
  • Failure to diagnose diseases or medical conditions of the mother that may affect the fetus
  • Lack of testing that can identify potential risks and problems
  • Delay in performing C-sections if the child is in distress
  • Communication failure between medical professionals

If your child has been injured at birth, we can help. Medical malpractice, negligence and mistakes do not only extend to the physician delivering your baby, but may also cover actions taken or missed by the nursing staff, anesthesiologists, other medical personnel or the hospital itself. In order to have a valid birth injury legal claim, however, negligence must have directly resulted in the birth injury. This can be difficult to prove. However, our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience in building solid birth injury lawsuits when healthcare professionals do not provide a standard minimum level of care.

What to Expect With a Birth Injury Claim

When you choose the Eltringham Law Group to represent you following a birth injury, here is what you can expect to happen:

  • We offer free consultations so you can get all your questions answered and can spend time talking directly with an experienced attorney about your rights and expected outcomes.
  • Leave all the work to us. We will be in contact with doctors, hospitals, witnesses, insurance providers, police, attorneys and anyone else necessary to settle your claim. We will thoroughly investigate and will build a solid case so that you are more likely to be awarded additional compensation from insurance companies or other parties.
  • You focus on you. Whether you are still recovering from injuries or are dealing with stress and anxiety, now is the time to focus on your own needs while you leave the details of your case in the hands of experienced attorneys that will get the job done right.
  • We work on a contingent fee basis. This means that you don’t need to lay out any money up front in order to have our injury attorneys work on your case. We don’t get paid unless we recover a financial settlement or jury award for you.

For more information about medical malpractice resulting in birth injury, or to schedule your free consultation, call us today at 561-338-0420.

Common Legal Questions About Birth Injury

Any type of misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose can be considered a form of medical malpractice. Should the misdiagnosis cause serious injury, illness or even death, this makes it possible to file a claim for medical malpractice. However, not all situations involving a faulty diagnosis can be considered medical malpractice. Each case is unique and should be reviewed with an experienced personal injury attorney at the Eltringham Law Group.

 

What are the most common forms of childbirth injuries?

Childbirth injuries can be the cause of prenatal negligence as well as errors made during the actual birthing process. Some of the most common types of childbirth injuries include:

Prenatal Negligence:

  • Failure to or misdiagnosis of a medical condition in the mother, including:
    • Preeclampsia
    • Rh incompatibility
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Anemia
    • Gestational diabetes
  • Failure to identify a disease that could be contagious to the mother’s fetus
  • Failure to identify birth defects
  • Failure to identify ectopic pregnancies
  • Improper prescribing of medications

 

During the Child Birth:

  • Failure to anticipate birth complications due to the size of the baby
  • Failure to anticipate umbilical cord entanglement
  • Failure to respond to signs of fetal distress
  • Failure to order a cesarean section when it may be appropriate
  • Improper prescribing of medications

Proving any type of error made by the doctor or hospital during or leading up to childbirth medical requires the experience of a personal injury attorney who can determine whether your case is suitable for a lawsuit. It can also be difficult to prove if the injury was a result of any type of negligence or simply mother nature’s unfortunate course of action.   The only way to know for sure is to call our offices to review your situation with one of our attorneys at no cost to you.

In most cases, any type medical malpractice claim, including a child birth injury, must be filed within two years of the incident. It is important to bring this to the attention of a medical malpractice attorney at the Eltringham Law Group as soon as possible so that we can not only minimize the adverse effects of the error, but also bring attention to this matter so that no one else suffers the same injury. Additionally, the longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove your case. Do not hesitate to call us to review your case at no cost to you.

The only way to truly determine if you qualify for a legal claim regarding a childbirth injury is to review the details with an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Eltringham Law Group. Our team will thoroughly review your case at no cost.