Sarasota, FL Birth Injury
Childbirth is a time of joy, but also a time of risk. Mothers and their newborn babies are uniquely vulnerable, and need additional care and attention from doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
Unfortunately, sometimes doctors don’t live up to their promise to provide a safe childbirth process. There are 28,000 preventable birth injuries in the United States every year. Newborn babies can suffer from debilitating lifetime injuries due to medical neglect, developing conditions such as Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, and brachial plexus palsy, to name a few.
At Morgan & Morgan, we have years of experience recognizing when a birth injury was caused by medical misconduct and successfully pursuing compensation. And while a lawsuit cannot repair the harm done to mothers and their newborns, it can provide a measure of justice and compensation for their pain and suffering.
If you think your baby was the victim of medical misconduct during childbirth, you shouldn’t have to go it alone. Contact a Sarasota Morgan & Morgan birth injury lawyer to investigate your case and determine if you are entitled to compensation.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries
Complications can easily arise if a physician is not careful during delivery. Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:
- Excessive Force: The doctor can cause nerve damage to the newborn by exerting too much force on a limb or the neck during vacuum extraction or when using forceps.
- Oxygen Deprivation: Complications can deprive a newborn of oxygen, including an umbilical cord wrapped around the neck. This can result in brain damage, permanent cognitive delays, or conditions such as cerebral palsy.
- Delayed C-Section: If a doctor delays a response to fetal distress or otherwise fails to perform a C-section in a timely manner, it could cause injury or death to the newborn.
- Inadequate Monitoring: The physician must monitor the mother and child’s condition throughout the birthing process. If gone ignored, conditions such as preeclampsia, placenta previa, and ruptured uterus could lead to complications or death.
These negligent acts can cause disorders that include nerve damage, Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy, paralysis, brain damage, hemorrhaging, and spinal cord damage.
One very serious disorder that can result from medical misconduct before or during birth is cerebral palsy. It is a debilitating medical condition that negatively impacts a child’s motor function and can require costly lifelong medical care. Congenital cerebral palsy, caused by brain damage before or during birth, makes up 85 to 90 percent of cerebral palsy cases, according to the CDC.
A birth injury attorney can file a lawsuit for present and future medical costs, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages that will help the family financially support a child with cerebral palsy.
Statute of Limitations
In Florida, the statute of limitations to file a birth injury lawsuit is two years within the date of the incident. Even though a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you believe a birth injury was the result of medical negligence.
What Can I Recover?
If your infant suffered a birth injury during the delivery process due to medical neglect, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages.
Contact Morgan & Morgan Today
At Morgan & Morgan, you never pay up front. We only get paid if you win. Our birth injury attorneys have a track record of proven results and will fight for full and fair compensation. To find out more, fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation today.