While a few injuries are non-preventable, medical malpractice often contributes to many types of birth injuries. In over 50 years of legal practice, Carlson Meissner & Hayslett consider birth injuries among the most devastating forms of medical malpractice. We are prepared to hold the at-fault doctors, nurses, and hospitals accountable for their medical negligence. Our experienced birth injury attorneys in Tampa are dedicated to helping families recover the maximum possible financial damages in the heartbreaking aftermath of a birth injury.

Childbirth Complications and Birth Injuries in Florida

Pregnancy complications during delivery can result in birth trauma and severe injuries to the baby, such as:

  • Erb’s palsy
  • Facial paralysis
  • Child brain damage
  • Temporary paralysis
  • Group B strep infection
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Orthopedic injury
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Fractures

Our resourceful Florida birth injury lawyers can determine the cause of the injury and what may have happened during birth by working with medical experts.

Our attorneys will:

  • Review medical records
  • Consult with leading experts
  • Prepare meticulous documentary evidence
  • Dig into the history of the involved medical professionals and hospital to prove their liability

We will identify if there was a delivery room error and whether the nurse, midwife, doctor, anesthesiologist, and hospital are to blame for your baby’s injuries or wrongful death.

Breach of Duty by an Obstetrician in Florida

Your doctor might have breached their duty if they detoured from the acceptable standard of care. Deviations include:

  • Not diagnosing pregnancy issues, such as low blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, and diabetes
  • Not detecting oxygen asphyxia or fetal distress
  • Failure to provide neonatal resuscitation, therapeutic hypothermia, or other emergency treatments
  • Failure to treat maternal infections, such as Group B strep 
  • Not providing accurate or enough information to the parents regarding possible congenital disabilities
  • Not weighing the risks associated with vaginal delivery or delaying cesarean section when it was the only safe option left 
  • Failing to test for congenital disabilities
  • Not mitigating tears to the perineal by performing an episiotomy
  • Not inserting an epidural correctly
  • Tugging excessively on the baby’s shoulder
  • Prescribing medications that harmed the unborn child

You must note that you don’t automatically have a birth injury claim if your baby was injured during delivery. There is no case if you cannot prove that the doctor, another healthcare professional, or the hospital made any mistakes. Even if the doctor erred, you must prove that it resulted in severe or actual harm. Otherwise, there is no causation for a medical malpractice claim. For a successful claim, our medical malpractice attorneys in Tampa will prove that the medical team or the hospital contributed to or caused your baby’s injuries.

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Types of Damages in a Florida Birth Injury Claim

Compensation cannot replace the pain, suffering, disability, and complications your baby may be going through. Moreover, it can help pay for various expenses and losses you may have suffered because of the injury. These are the main types of compensatory damages:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Cost of rehabilitative therapy and assistive devices
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish 
  • Lost future wages
  • Home modifications
  • Loss of quality of life

Depending on the severity of the birth injury, other types of damages may also be awarded in Florida.

Get a Dedicated and Compassionate Florida Birth Injury Attorney on Your Side

If you believe that medical malpractice and negligence caused your baby’s injury and would like to maximize recovery for your child’s financial security, the experienced birth injury attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett can help. Our trusted legal team brings over 125 years of combined experience, vast resources, and a commitment to hold the at-fault parties accountable. To set up your free consultation, call us at (727) 306-0273 or reach us online.

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