According to the U.S. Census Bureau data, 1,340 women between the ages of 15 and 50 had a child in Hollywood, FL, in 2012. These were joyous occasions for these families, but the challenges of raising a child are only just beginning. Some families may face additional challenges if the child suffered a birth injury.
There are many different types of birth injuries, but if a child suffers a severe injury during delivery and a medical professional is responsible, the child’s parents can pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against the liable parties. If your baby suffered a preventable injury during delivery, a birth injury lawyer in Hollywood, FL, with Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can help you seek damages for pain and suffering and other losses. You can reach out now for a free consultation.
How Our Hollywood, FL, Birth Injury Attorneys Can Help
If your child is recovering from a preventable birth injury, we understand this is a sensitive time for you and your family. There is a lot of uncertainty about the future and what to do next as you work through seeing what can be done to help your baby recover from a complicated delivery.
While you are caring for your child, we can take care of leading your case for damages. You can pursue legal recourse while nursing your child back to health. Our birth injury attorneys will investigate what happened and seek to hold every negligent party responsible for your child’s injuries, including hospitals, health care facilities, pharmaceutical companies, and contractors who provide medical services.
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Recoverable Damages in a Hollywood, FL, Birth Injury Case
We fight for our clients and seek financial awards that can support them when they need it, as our case results show. In one childbirth injury case, we recovered a $290,000 settlement for a nerve injury.
Our Hollywood, Florida, personal injury lawyers can seek compensation that can help you pay the following and more for your child’s recovery:
- All medical care, including emergency care, extended hospital stays, follow-up appointments
- Rehabilitation treatment and ongoing support
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapy services
- Medications, medical equipment
- Missed income due to taking time off from work to care for your child
- Lost earning capacity if you must change jobs or stop working to take care of your child
- Disability, disfigurement, scarring
- Non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, impaired quality of life, loss of life enjoyment
Wrongful Death Damages
If your child suffered fatal injuries, we are sorry for your loss. We offer full support for families who want to pursue a wrongful death action against the parties liable for their child’s passing. Our birth injury attorney in Hollywood, FL, will manage your case for compensation that could help you pay for your child’s medical expenses, funeral and burial arrangements, and other intangible losses unique to your situation.
We will review your situation, assess all your damages, and assess all your damages before assigning a value to your case.
The Family’s Legal Options After Experiencing a Birth Injury in Hollywood, FL
Parents can file a medical malpractice lawsuit if they believe a Hollywood, FL, health care provider’s negligence caused their child’s birth injury.
Negligence in a malpractice claim is defined as violating the standard of care:
“… that level of care, skill and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers.” (Florida Statutes § 766.102)
In a childbirth injury case, families must show that a doctor, obstetrician, or other medical provider or facility took specific action or failed to take actions that violated the standard of care during labor or delivery. They can accomplish this by submitting medical and hospital records, expert testimony, and other evidence. Having a medical malpractice lawyer on their side can help them learn the results of a thorough investigation of their child’s injuries and determine what actions to take next.
Our birth injury lawyer helps families in Hollywood, Florida, navigate these cases. We ensure that families get regular case updates and understand all laws and developments that occur. We will explain everything and answer your questions.
As noted earlier, a medical malpractice lawsuit can claim both economic damages, like medical costs, and non-economic damages, like pain and suffering. It’s important to consider the long-term effects of the injury to evaluate the damages the malpractice suit should seek properly. You can discuss this matter in greater detail with our birth defects attorney in Hollywood, FL attorney.
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Florida Limits the Time Injured Parties Can File Their Injury Lawsuits
Generally, you have two years from the date of injury or when you discovered (or should have discovered) the injury to file most medical malpractice cases and cannot file after four years, per Florida Statutes 95.11(3)(a). However, if the child is younger than eight years old – like in birth injury cases – then the statute of limitations expires on the child’s eighth birthday.
We can advise you on your birth defects injury case when we review your situation with you during a free consultation.
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Common Birth Injuries That Could Lead to Lifelong Birth Defects
Some birth injuries are relatively minor. Minor cephalohematoma, or bleeding underneath the skull, and subconjunctival hemorrhage, which is bleeding in the eyes, usually heal within the first few weeks of the baby’s life. Many other injuries also heal within a few days, weeks, or months and have no lasting effects. But severe injuries can have long-lasting effects.
Below is a list of birth injuries that might be related to medical negligence:
- Brachial plexus palsy (Erb’s palsy): Nerve injuries in the shoulder and neck area can affect the arm. The injury may result in weakness or, in some cases, nerve damage. It may be the result of shoulder dystocia, in which the shoulder becomes stuck in the birth canal. The effects may be only temporary in many cases, though in others, they can lead to permanent nerve damage.
- Cerebral palsy: Children with cerebral palsy may experience intellectual disabilities, seizures, and developmental disabilities. The condition is often congenital, though oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery may contribute to the condition in some cases.
- Fractures: Some children may suffer collarbone or even facial fractures during delivery. This might be part of the natural birthing process, though in some cases, it might be related to the improper technique used by a doctor during delivery.
Birth injuries can happen during delivery or from failure to provide proper care during labor. In some cases, a Hollywood, Florida, doctor might be negligent if he or she doesn’t account for or properly respond to conditions during birth, such as large babies, premature delivery, cephalopelvic disproportion (baby’s head too large for mother’s pelvis) and abnormal (breech) presentation.
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If Your Child Suffered a Birth Injury in Hollywood, Florida, Call Us Today for Help
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers is committed to helping Hollywood, FL, parents with children who suffered birth injuries related to medical negligence. We will protect your legal rights, including your right to sue for damages, and hold parties accountable for their preventable errors that harmed your child.
You can learn more about your legal options and how our birth injury lawyer in Hollywood, Florida, can help you. Contact our office today at 855-971-1701.
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