Yes, your baby can suffer a birth injury from an epidural injection. Possible injuries include:
- Lack of oxygen
- Brain injuries
- Diminished muscle build
- Low Apgar test scores (a score that determines the baby’s health)
Causes of an Epidural Injection Birth Injury
Any medical procedure is subject to risks. However, in some cases, the obstetrician or anesthesiologist makes a mistake that can cause your baby to suffer serious injuries. Potential mistakes that could lead to injuries include:
- Improper dosage of epidural medication
- Administering the epidural in the wrong location
- Failing to monitor the vitals of the fetus and the mother
- Missing prescription interactions or allergies
- Administering the epidural at the wrong time
The state of Florida expects all medical professionals to uphold a standard of care for their patients. When they behave negligently, they are subject to paying for those mistakes. This is true whether the negligence was intentional or the result of inexperience or a lack of knowledge. A medical malpractice lawyer can help you file a claim.
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
When your child suffers birth injuries, filing a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind. It is still an action you should consider. Under Florida Statute § 95.11(4)(b), you must file your medical malpractice lawsuit by your child’s eighth birthday.
How We Can Assist You with Your Birth Injury Case
Our legal team of birth injury lawyers is familiar with the necessary process to investigate injury from an epidural injection. Upon investigation, we then determine fault in the labor and delivery setting. To start this process, the first step to take is to discuss the details of your case with a birth injury lawyer at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at 855-529-0269.
Investigate the Case
It is not always easy to pinpoint the exact mistake that led to an infant’s injuries. With often-confusing medical terms and a lack of knowledge surrounding hospital procedures, it can be difficult for the average citizen to determine if a mistake occurred during the administration of the injection. Furthermore, even when it is clear a mistake occurred, it can be challenging to determine and prove who is at fault. We can help.
Our legal team of birth injury lawyers will work to investigate the case and find the underlying cause of what went wrong during the labor and delivery. During this process, we collect important information to support our claims, including:
- Medical records (including pregnancy documents)
- Expert witness statements
- Medical staff reports
- Personal recollections of the labor and delivery
It is also important that we investigate and determine if we have a case within Florida’s statute of limitations. There are some situations that can extend the timeline, but these situations are rare. It can also be more difficult to collect important documents if we wait too long. This is why you are encouraged to reach out to a birth injury lawyer as soon as possible if you believe your child’s injuries are due to a medical mistake.
When a child suffers injuries during birth, it can leave the family in a financially pressing situation. These challenges escalate when your child’s injuries may require lifelong medical care. You may have to take time off work or retire to assist your child with their injury. Additionally, it might be necessary to make household or vehicle renovations to accommodate a lifelong injury. These are costly economic factors you need to address.
There are also noneconomic costs that are important to consider. Both you and your child are in a situation where you have experienced a great amount of pain and suffering due to a medical provider’s mistake. It is not easy to calculate the effect of this on your life. We will help you calculate your damages and get the compensation that you deserve.
Get Help from a Birth Injury Lawyer Today
The delivery of your newborn baby can turn into a disastrous experience when you learn that a medical mistake left from an improperly administered epidural injection can leave them with injuries. It is important to work with a birth injury lawyer that is familiar with the investigation and legal process.
Let us help you while you focus on the health of your newborn baby. Call us today at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at 855-529-0269.
For a free legal consultation, call (855) 529-0269