What Are Your Legal Options When Your Baby Suffers Birth Injuries In Florida?

Your legal options when your baby suffers birth injuries in Florida may include filing a medical malpractice lawsuit for the injuries depending on the circumstances of your case.

You might be eligible for compensation if medical malpractice is to blame for your newborn’s birthing injuries.

Examples of Medical Malpractice

There are many things that can lead to newborn injuries. Medical malpractice is just one of the causes. Actions that would fall within medical malpractice may include:

These actions often lead to severe birthing injuries including cerebral palsy, head injuries, hypoxia, and even wrongful death.

Determining If Your Child’s Injuries Are From Medical Malpractice

It is not always easy to tell who is at fault when a newborn suffers injuries. There are risks with any medical procedure and problems do not always indicate medical malpractice.

If your newborn’s injuries were caused by a preventable mistake, however, then you might be eligible for compensation. We will assist you in collecting the necessary documentation to determine who is at fault.

Rovering Damages in a Birthing Injury

Medical mistakes can leave your baby with permanent life-threatening medical conditions that are expensive. Florida allows the following costs to be covered under a medical malpractice claim:

Time Limits on Filing a Medical Malpractice Case

Seeking compensation may not be the first thing on your mind after your newborn baby suffers severe injuries. However, it is important to begin the lawsuit process as soon as possible. Under Florida law §95.11(4)(b), medical malpractice lawsuits must begin within two years from “the time the incident is discovered.”

Some situations can shorten the statute of limitations, while others can extend it. For example, if the hospital in question is government owned there may be a unique statute of limitations. If the parents were not aware that medical mistakes led to their child’s health problems, they may have up to four years to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

With varying time restrictions, it is important to discuss your case with a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.

Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations

Tony’s Law is the one exception to the four-year statute of limitations. This law applies to medical malpractice cases that occurred after July 1, 1996. It extends the statute up to the child’s eighth birthday. However, if the parents should have known that the injuries were caused from birth, they are not eligible for Tony’s Law.

The Elements of a Medical Malpractice Case

Florida’s medical malpractice laws cover any errors during a medical procedure, including childbirth. In order to demonstrate medical malpractice, we must establish these important factors:

Establish Negligence

It is our responsibility to demonstrate negligence against the defendant. We will assist you in collecting these supporting documents:

Florida requires that medical malpractice cases involving a newborn have an affidavit. An affidavit is a sworn oath, or statement, from a medical professional. Because the medical industry is so complex and requires in-depth training, the judge will often call on expert statements from external medical professionals.

How a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help

Medical mistakes can quickly ruin a moment that is supposed to be joyous. It is important that you have legal representation with your best interest in mind. We will fight for you and your child while you focus on the health of your newborn. If you want to know more about your legal options when your baby suffers birth injuries in Florida, schedule a consultation with Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers.

Call to speak with one of our birth injury lawyers at at 855-529-0269.

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