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Childbirth is safer for women and their babies now than ever in history. Modern medicine makes birth injuries and deaths rare. However, doctors routinely make errors that put mothers and children at risk of serious, permanent injuries.
Searcy Denney has represented countless families of injured babies over the past three and a half decades. We are always struck at how truly preventable birth injuries are. Too often, an otherwise healthy baby faces a lifetime of disability, pain, deformity and challenges because of a doctor’s negligence.
Our medical malpractice law firm is available to help you recover for the birth injuries your child suffered because of negligence committed by your doctor, nurses, the hospital and other health care professionals.
Inadequate prenatal care contributes to the risk of birth injuries. Proper health care should start as soon as a woman learns she is pregnant. From that moment, the doctor should regularly assess the mother and take special precautions to reduce risks associated with a mother’s:
Obstetrician gynecologists (OBGYNs) specialize in medical care of the female reproductive organs and in promoting healthy pregnancy and delivery. OBGYNs are responsible for administering safe birth control, detecting diseases of the female organs and protecting women’s health during pregnancy and childbirth.
For 40 years, Searcy Denney has advocated for women and children to receive the medical care they deserve. Our medical malpractice attorneys hold obstetricians liable for mistakes that put you or your baby’s health at risk. Our Florida birth defects lawyers pursue compensation for your injuries, such as disability, infertility, sexual dysfunction, pain and incontinence, caused by your OBGYN’s negligence.
Pregnancy and labor are traumatic on a woman’s body. However, with quality medical care, long-term damage is rare. An experienced obstetrician provides good prenatal care, assesses risks factors, monitors the woman’s health throughout pregnancy and takes steps to minimize trauma during labor.
Negligent obstetric care may result in these injuries to the mother:
Cesarean sections give women access to a safe alternative to traditional vaginal birth. Unfortunately, negligent doctors often fail to adequately assess risk factors that contribute to a dangerous vaginal delivery. Doctors should consider the mother’s weight, age, and overall health and the baby’s weight and health to recommend a C-section when appropriate. C-sections can often prevent many common birth injuries, including brain damage, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, Erb’s palsy and facial nerve damage.
Fetal distress is an indication that the fetus is in trouble, often because of oxygen asphyxia, during pregnancy or delivery. This is a medical emergency that requires an immediate, effective response.
Oxygen asphyxia may be caused by:
If the doctor does not act quickly enough, the baby may experience prolonged oxygen deprivation and consequent brain damage.
While trying to guide the baby through the birth canal, a doctor may pull too hard on the baby’s shoulder, arm or head. As a result, the head may turn awkwardly to the side or an arm may get trapped. This aggressive action can overstretch or tear the nerves of the brachial plexus and cause serious, sometimes irreversible, damage. A brachial plexus injury manifests as deformity, weakness, numbness, pain and paralysis in the affected arm, hand and fingers.
Labor and delivery negligence occurs when a medical professional or facility makes a mistake (a deviation from the acceptable standard of care) that results in injuries to the mother or the fetus. Negligence in the delivery and recovery rooms give rise to a medical malpractice cause of action.
Searcy Denney has represented injured Florida patients for over 40 years. Because our law firm only handles complex personal injury claims, we have built the necessary resources and knowledge to take on large corporate hospitals and insurance companies on our clients’ behalf.
Birth injuries cause tremendous physical, emotional and financial strain. Our goal is to recover the compensation you need to give your child the very best opportunities for medical care and enjoyment of life.
In order to prevail on a labor and delivery negligence claim, you must prove that your doctor had a duty to you, your doctor breached that duty, you were injured as a result of the breach and you sustained damages. You may bring a case for yourself, on behalf of your young child or both.
Multiple professionals may have been part of your delivery team, including:
All of these health care providers have a duty to perform at an acceptable standard of care, meaning they are required to act in a manner consistent with a similarly situated health care provider.
In addition, the hospital has a duty to provide you with a safe, sterile environment with competent staff. Diagnostic labs have a duty to produce accurate, timely results to tests.
You may have a labor and delivery negligence claim if medical professionals and health care providers deviated from the acceptable standard of care that injured you or your newborn child. Our medical malpractice attorneys regularly handle labor and delivery injury claims involving:
Damages depend upon the facts of your case and the extent of your baby’s injuries, but may include:
Medical negligence may be to blame for your baby’s birth injuries. For more information about your rights and options to recover from negligent doctors and hospitals, schedule a free consultation with Searcy Denney. Every Florida birth injury lawyer at our firm takes your claim on contingency so you do not pay lawyers’ fees until we have succeeded in reaching a settlement or a successful verdict.