Fort Lauderdale Birth Injury Attorney
During labor and delivery, the lives of both mother and child are in the hands of doctors, nurses and physicians. While most deliveries don’t result in life-threatening complications, it’s always a possibility. Facility staff should be prepared for anything. Incompetence and unpreparedness can lead to injuries to the patient and her infant. Birth injuries can temporarily or permanently disable the child, leading to a variety of conditions. In the event that your child suffered an injury during labor or delivery, discuss your case with a compassionate and skilled Fort Lauderdale birth injury attorney who can help you fight for justice and fair compensation.
Examples of Birth Injuries
A “birth injury” can be any type of trauma to mother or infant that results in injury or death due to negligence, malpractice, or medical mistakes. Birth injuries are types of medical malpractice in which the parents – or surviving parent – can go to the Florida civil courts to pursue compensation. A birth injury can occur when a doctor gives negligent prenatal care, fails to monitor fetal heart rate during labor, does not order or perform an emergency cesarean section, or misuses birthing tools. Birth injuries are often very serious and can result in harms such as:
- Undiagnosed diseases in infant or mother
- Failure to identify birth defects
- Maternal/fetal bleeding
- Fetal distress
- Lack of oxygen to infant’s brain
- Umbilical cord complications
- Maternal health complications
- Placental abnormalities
- Failure to identify preeclampsia
- Surgical errors during c-section
- Shoulder dystocia
Some birth injuries cause serious conditions such as cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy. A negligent physician could cause cerebral palsy by failing to monitor the baby during labor and birth, resulting in injury to the infant’s brain from lack of oxygen. One mistake can affect the infant’s entire life – as well as endanger the life of the mother. In these situations, parents have the right to hold the at-fault physicians and/or healthcare facility legally responsible.
How We Can Help
No parent wants to discover his/her child has suffered a serious injury during childbirth. It’s even worse to discover that someone’s due care could have prevented the tragedy. If your child sustained a broken bone, brain damage, fetal infections, or other harms during labor and delivery, he/she may have been the victim of medical malpractice. Debi and Jason Chalik at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik want to help you seek justice for your infant and for the mother if applicable.
Birth injuries can stem from physician negligence, lack of training, unsanitary equipment, surgical errors, or machine failure. In any of these situations, there is an individual or entity liable for mother and infant injuries. It is possible to bring a claim against a doctor as an independent contractor or a hospital/birthing center as an entity for these harms. A medical malpractice lawsuit on the grounds of a birth injury can lead to compensation for past and future medical bills, ongoing treatments, live-in care, and other expenses.
Don’t suffer the financial burden of a birth injury due to another’s negligence; count on experienced attorneys in Fort Lauderdale for professional assistance. Call the Law Offices of Chalik and Chalik today for a free consultation.
“I just wanted to extend my gratitude to Wally & Chalik & Chalik for all their help. She has been amazing and very fast to respond to my emails and questions, and I much appreciate her patience with me. I will definitely be recommending your firm.” -Nissan Benjamin