The process of giving birth is an extraordinarily painful, uncomfortable and anxiety-inducing one. Even today, with all the advances of 21st century medicine available to us, child birth remains difficult and, at times, dangerous.
We trust doctors and other medical professionals to keep our children safe as they're brought into the world. And there's no doubt that most of them are caring, conscientious professionals who strive to do their best for your child.
However, the fact remains that these professionals, however well-intentioned, can make mistakes. And when medical malpractice occurs during child birth, your new child can suffer an injury that lingers for the rest of his or her life.
If your child suffered a birth injury in the Miami, Florida area, you should speak with our lawyers as soon as possible. Please call The Hickey Law Firm, PA today at 855-375-3727 for a free consultation.
Examples of Birth Injuries
Birth injury cases, like all medical malpractice claims, revolve around so-called standards of care. Basically, the fact that a birth injury occurred is not, in and of itself, evidence of medical malpractice- the law understands that medicine is a difficult profession, and things sometimes go wrong without any negligence or misconduct being involved.
Instead, you must demonstrate that the medical professional in question violated a widely accepted standard for treatment or diagnosis, and in so doing, caused your child's injury.
We have significant experience evaluating potential cases and determining if there's a viable claim. Common birth injuries include:
- Erb's palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Damage to the limbs
- Lack of oxygen, causing brain damage and other injuries
This is not an exhaustive list, of course. But it provides a sound foundation for understanding the seriousness of these injuries.
The Long-Term Costs
The tragedy of a birth injury is that its effects are not just short-term in nature. You have the medical expenses that come from treating the injury, of course, but the costs keep coming.
Many birth injuries simply cannot be treated- your child will be dealing with them for the rest of his or her life. They'll have to deal with the pain, discomfort and inconvenience of the injury, but the injury can also dramatically hurt your child's ability to work and earn a living.
This is why it's so important to vigorously pursue compensation after a birth injury. You and your child are facing a lifetime of expenses- shouldn't your compensation reflect that fact?
If you want to speak with our experienced Miami, Florida birth injury lawyer, please call The Hickey Law Firm, PA today at 855-375-3727 for a free consultation.