Birth injuries happen more often than they should. If you live in Florida and suffered a birth injury, it’s crucial that you know your rights as a patient.
Securing legal counsel during this difficult time is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Understandably, taking a stand against the medical establishment can feel intimidating and scary.
But, when you are injured due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting answers. What’s more, an important reason that the medical malpractice system exists is to prevent others patients from suffering harmed.
Moreover, when you have an experienced Florida birth injury lawyer in your corner, you can get the compensation you deserve while protecting others from going through your trials.
If you suffered a birth injury as a result of medical malpractice in Jacksonville Florida, it is vital that you seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. The sooner you do, the sooner your birth injury lawyer can get to work building your case. As such, your attorney needs time to review medical records, conduct interviews, collect evidence, and more.
What Are Birth Injuries?
Birth injuries differ from general medical malpractice in that they can show up months or even years after childbirth.
And yet there are birth injuries that become apparent right away. What’s more, many birth injuries are preventable with proper medical care. Whether it was you, your baby, or both of you who suffered as a result of a birth injury, it’s essential to secure the services of an experienced attorney who understands the intricacies of medical malpractice and birth injuries.
In cases where negligence is involved, your birth injury lawyer in Florida will build your lawsuit to fight for your rights and seek compensation.
Examples of Birth Injuries Caused by Possible Negligence
Improper Use of Forceps: If you have trouble giving birth or your baby is in the wrong position in your womb, your doctor might need to use forceps to help your baby along. Correct use of forceps can reduce the risk of fetal hypoxia, diseases related to cerebral palsy, and other birth injuries. But doctors need to be extremely careful, due to the fact that forceps can cause damage to the nerves in the baby’s chest or neck, as well as cause other less serious head injuries.
Delayed Caesarean Section: If your baby has fetal distress, your doctor might order an emergency Caesarean section. This often happens when the baby’s heart rate drops because of a sudden drop in your blood pressure, as well as placental bleeding or other problems that might require immediate Cesarean delivery (including umbilical cord prolapse, uterine rupture, slow delivery, and placenta previa). If the delivery team is not aware that the mother needs a C-section, they could be held responsible harm occurs to you or your baby.
Improper Use of the Vacuum: If you have difficulty pushing the baby from your birth canal, you might need a vacuum to assist you in delivery. Your doctor might place a vacuum on your baby’s shoulder or head to guide them through your birth canal. Both doctors and nurses are responsible for placing the vacuum on the child correctly. However, improper use of the vacuum can result in serious harm to both mothers and newborns.
Hypoxia: This is a medical condition that occurs when a child’s brain does not get enough oxygen. During childbirth, an entanglement of the umbilical cord, infection, or damage to the placenta can all lead to hypoxia. Doctors are trained to detect this condition early on and take steps to rule out the possibility of harm to the mother or baby. But if the attending doctor does not know about the lack of oxygen, and they don’t take quick and essential measures to avoid injury, they may be responsible for any damage caused. If hypoxia is not treated in time, the child may have chronic physical and mental disorders.
Birth injuries often stem from factors that are unavoidable. Therefore, it is important that you consult a lawyer who specializes in this area of law. At the Doctor Lawyer Firm, our birth injury team can view your medical records and perform other research to verify the birth injury as they build your case.
The consequences of birth injuries can be devastating to all involved. It’s only fair that patients suffering from medical malpractice should receive adequate and fair compensation for birth injuries caused by negligence.
Why Choose the Doctor Lawyer Firm?
Matthew Sowell is one of the few Florida lawyers certified by both the Florida Bar and the American Board of Professional Liability. Matt excels as a national leader in stroke litigation and is the founding chairman of the Stroke Litigation Group, the largest litigation lawyer organization in the United States. Matt also wrote and shared with peers how to successfully prosecute stroke cases. Over the years, Matt has won millions of dollars in verdicts, ensuring that his clients are awarded the compensation they deserve in extremely difficult medical malpractice cases.
Fadi Chakour is a former medical doctor who left the field to practice law, specifically, medical malpractice litigation. As a doctor, Fadi treated many patients who were injured due to the negligence of others and observed the pain and suffering to loved ones that came from these instances. The combination of his medical knowledge and experience and his legal skills make Fadi a powerful advocate for injured people who have fallen victim to medical negligence.
Call Sowell Chakour Today to Discuss Your Claim
If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice, we encourage you to call us right away. The sooner we can start your malpractice claim, the sooner you stand to earn the compensation you deserve. Taking a stand against the medical establishment is understandably intimidating. But when you have the experienced team of Sowell Chakour in your corner, you have a much better chance of being made whole. Call our office today at 1-833-MedMals or fill out our online contact form, and we will promptly respond to your inquiry and work to schedule a consultation.
The information in this blog post is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. You should not make a decision whether or not to contact an attorney based upon the information in this blog post. No attorney-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied. If you require legal advice, please consult with an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.