The birth of a child happens to be a life-turning point in the life of a couple. Parents need to take a lot of precautions during the period of pregnancy to ensure that the baby is growing healthy. A skilled and experienced physician is required for consultation and guidance as well as for the monitoring of the child’s development. However, sometimes it is not the case and seeking out a Miami birth injury lawyer is imperative if you have been the victim because of medical malpractice.
The child can suffer physically and or/ mentally. Birth injuries tend to have significant, and long-term effects on your baby’s health and also your finances. The long-term consequences can be measured to an extent and cannot be determined with precision as parents would like to.
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Our skilled and experienced birth injury lawyer at Percy Martinez has the knowledge and experience to get your case moving forward. You must always remember there is a statue of limitations and procedures you must do before you can expect to win a case.
Common Birth Injuries
Infants are tiny, vulnerable creatures during birth and are prone to injury in numerous ways during the delivery process. The most common injuries that can occur during birth are as follows:
Newborn infants often suffer from oxygen deprivation at the time
of delivery. Oxygen deprivation can lead to a lot of problems, and the most severe one is the likeliness of brain injury which results in a permanent vegetative state.
When a child suffers from brain injury, numerous medical disorders will follow which include chronic seizures and cerebral palsy. Often, oxygen deprivation is due to a physician who fails to check up on the baby properly right after birth, prolapsed cord which allows the child to stay in the birth canal for an extended period.
Cerebral palsy leads to tremors, difficulty in speaking and trouble in walking which tends to range from severity from mild to almost crippling which could result in a lifetime of pain and suffering.
Cephalohematoma is a traumatic condition that occurs underneath the skin resulting in bleeding between the infant’s skull bone and periosteum of the baby. Though it does not pose a threat to the brain cells, it results in unnecessary pooling of blood from the damaged blood vessels between the inner layers of the skin and the skull. Cephalhematoma can lead to a wrongful death in a baby or severe permanent damage if the doctor has been negligent.
Shaken Baby Syndrome:
This condition happens when an adult violently shakes an infant or a young child. Though it might not always occur at the time of delivery this situation hurts a great deal whether they are shaken in infancy or toddler age. Due to shaking, the brain of the baby moves back and forth inside the skull which can cause blood to fill the head. Shaking cause permanent damage to the brain, blindness, hearing loss, cerebral palsy, seizures, paralysis, learning and behavioral problems and even death.
Quite often, spinal injuries are more damaging than other birth injuries and are likely to be caused by traumatic cord or nerve damage, use of forceps and meningeal tear. If your child suffers from spinal injury, he/she can have neurologic problems or paralysis.
Trauma in Delivery:
According to the data reports across the United States, the trauma injuries rank the highest among the birth injuries. Many other errors can also occur during pregnancy leading to brain damaging
of the baby.
If the child is pulled too hard or in an abnormal manner, some injuries may occur. Excessive use of birth assisting tools: Tools like forceps and vacuum extraction machine need to be used with caution and by the experienced staff only while delivering an infant. Physical injuries and brain damage can be caused in case of excessive or improper use of equipment.
Extended periods of time of contractions and pushing during a painful labor results in brain damage. Usually, occurs when baby’s head and brain are continuously knocked and pushed against the pelvis.
Though maternal infections happen to be a frequent complication
during birth, they also are one of the leading causes of infant brain damage. This loss usually while delivery or during pregnancy. If a physician monitors, diagnoses and treat them the chances of infections are reduced significantly. Some infections are caused by viruses while some by bacteria in newborn babies.
Birth canal complications
The birth canal contains bacteria particularly if there is an active infection. Children can swallow or breathe in the fluid present in the birth canal during birth which could get to the blood and lungs. As the virus or bacteria spreads, the infant can become sick fast. The sooner they are treated, the better it is for the infant.
Emotional and Physical Stress
Apart from the hardships and physical and emotional struggles which are associated with the birth injuries place a massive financial burden on the family. Physical therapy, special education, and long-term medical expenses sometimes life-long even are extremely expensive. In most cases, parents are not able to support and bear the costs of their injured children.
Birth Medical malpractice and negligence
Notwithstanding the fact that social security provides only limited medical assistance. A qualified and experienced Miami birth injury lawyer at Percy Martinez, P.A will be able to aid you in filing a lawsuit. We will help pursue a fair and full compensation for your baby’s injury. If you have doubt and suspect someone from the medical staff whose negligence caused your child harm, then you might qualify for monetary damages to compensate for expensive medical bills, loss of earning capacity as well as other non-economic damages like the mental and physical damage.
birth injuries can be permanent
Birth injuries have a tendency to leave lasting effects on the life of your child as well as alter the natural and psychological abilities of the child. And with birth injuries not only the child suffers but the parents, and family go through psychological, emotional as well as financial difficulties.
Law offices of Percy Martinez
Fortunately, the Miami birth injury lawyers at Percy Martinez, P.A can work with experienced experts to determine the cost of living of the family along with the additional losses and help you in filing a claim seeking the amount from the negligent party. Percy Martinez, P.A have represented many families who were affected by birth injuries in Miami. The lawyer will be able to give you knowledge about your legal options as well as the ability to file a lawsuit for compensation on your behalf.
Seek a Miami birth injury lawyer
Our Miami birth injury lawyer understands the pain, complications and the trauma which the families go through when birth injuries in Miami occur. A birth injury lawyer may be able to review all the details, facts, and circumstances of your delivery in depth and will conclude whether it was because of medical malpractice your child was injured. If medical negligence is the reason, our attorney will help you seek compensation. For any further information or to have a FREE no obligation consultation first, call our Miami birth injury law office today at (305) 529-0001 so that you can get good legal advice.