Birth Accidents in Florida
The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion. Unfortunately, this monumental event can become a tragedy in an instant if the mother or newborn is injured during the birth. Birth accidents are heartbreaking and traumatic. In many cases, birth malpractice is preventable. These accidents may occur when a procedure has gone wrong, or unfortunately when a doctor is careless and irresponsible during the procedure. They may be the result of the extended length of the delivery. Our caring birth injury lawyers at Lichtblau & Goldenberg have considerable representing birth malpractice cases in the Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties. We will work closely with you during this difficult time to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
There are numerous forms of birth injury, including but not limited to:
- Oxygen Deprivation (prenatal asphyxia)
- Brain Damage
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial plexus injury (Erb’s palsy)
- Internal Hemorrhaging
- Broken Bones
It is possible that minor injuries can resolve themselves within a few weeks, but serious birth injuries can mean permanent disabilities with a lifetime of medical treatment.
Injuries sustained by mother or child during birth may involve the administration of unsafe drugs, refusals or delays in performing a cesarean section, improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor, and procedural errors during the birthing process.
Laws May Cushion The Financial Burden
Health care providers in Florida are among the best protected against birth malpractice claims. The Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Plan (NICA) was put into legislation in 1988 as a way to reduce the financial burden both of the families of birth-injured infants and the health care providers who injured them. NICA has strict eligibility guidelines that exclude many birth-injured infants and only offers limited compensation. While NICA has certainly helped some suffering families, more so it serves to protect doctors and insurance companies.
The medical industry is just that: an industry. It is the largest and most profitable business in the nation, and health care providers go to great lengths to ensure that they are well protected against medical malpractice claims. Doctors help people every day, but when a patient is injured under their care, health care providers will absolutely turn their backs on victims and only look out for themselves. Many people are involved in caring for a woman during her pregnancy and the birthing process, so accidental negligence or carelessness resulting in birth injuries may be the fault of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, or other members of the medical staff.
We’re Here to Help
Our lawyers at Lichtblau & Goldenberg have the knowledge and resources to thoroughly investigate your case to determine all possible responsible parties. At Lichtblau & Goldenberg, we understand that following a birth accident the last thing any family wants to think about is pursuing legal action. But medical regulations are in place for a reason, and that reason is to protect you. When medical regulations have not protected you or your loved ones, we believe that you should receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
If your family has been affected by a birth injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, future care, pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and more. A caring birth injury lawyer will work directly with you to establish a strong case. We are dedicated to compassionate legal representation and aggressive legal action. Let us help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you or your child was injured in a birth accident, please call Lichtblau & Goldenberg, your West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer today at 561-863-9100.