Birth Injuries

Plantation Birth Injury Attorney

Being pregnant and having a child is one of the most joyous occasions of many parents' lives. They spent the months up to the birth preparing for the arrival of their child; making room in their home and adapting all aspects of their life for this change. Having a child should be an event to celebrate, but this moment can be diminished in some ways when the family finds that their child has health issues. It can become even more challenging when they discover that these problems were caused or should have been detected by the healthcare worker that was meant to care for them. Regular checkups are carried out as a way to continually see that the mother and the child are doing well. It is during this time that they can see if an issue is arising and if there is something that can be done to correct it.

A doctor has an obligation to provide the pregnant mother and her child with a certain standard of care and they may fail to do this in a number of ways. One is through not being proactive. They may have been able to treat the issue while the mother was still pregnant if they had looked closely enough. It can be easy to write off an issue and not give it enough attention when a doctor is trying to get through the many patients they may have. An injury can also happen during labor itself. There are many incidents that can lead to harm coming to the child, such as the wrong use of forceps, a delayed delivery, vacuum extraction, a breeched baby or other event.

Sometimes a defect is unavoidable and no amount of effort on the part of the medical professional would have been sufficient to deter it. In many cases though, negligence was an issue and the standard of medical care was not delivered. There are many forms of defects that can occur, and there are others that have yet to be discovered. If your baby has sustained a birth injury due to a doctor's negligence, please contact the Plantation injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover.

We can represent clients who have children with the following birth defects:

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy can be somewhat of an umbrella term for a number of circumstances. There is more than one form, such as ataxic, spastic, hypotonic, dyskinetic and mixed. The part of the body that will be immediately affected is the brain and nervous system, and this can branch out and affect a person in many ways. Causes amongst infants include a head injury, bleeding of the brain, jaundice, a mother infected while pregnant or an infection of the brain. Another prevalent reason is when the brain is not receiving sufficient oxygen.

Brachial Plexus

Out of every 1000 live births, around 3 infants will deal with brachial plexus. This is the result of the nerves located in the shoulder area being harmed during the birthing and it will lead to a weakening of the arms and reduction or loss of movement. It is common for the brachial plexus to be injured through pressure being placed on the raised arm of a child when they are breeched, the pulling on their shoulders while being delivered or their head and neck being pushed to the side upon going through the birth canal. There is more than one type of this injury and categorization is dependent on the level of paralysis. Those that are more at risk to suffer are a child that is bigger, breeched or there is trouble getting their shoulders out.

Elevated Bilirubin

Bilirubin is the byproduct that can be excreted through urine or bile. It is found in the hemoglobin of a red blood cell, but can become harmful when it is found in too high of levels. In an infant it may accumulate in the brain and cause harm that is unable to be corrected completely. Hyperbilirubinemia is when the body produces more than the average level. This can cause functional trouble of the liver in a newborn, known as neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia. This can lead to jaundice.

Contact a birth injury lawyer from our team today!

It is important that a healthcare worker is held responsible for their actions or failure to act. If you have a child that suffered a birth injury at the hands of staff, make sure that you keep any medical records. These incidents affect the lives of thousands of children and families and due to the incredibly high cost of medical care, many people are unable to afford all the expenses they face. When seeking compensation for the wrongful actions of a doctor, the court will want to see it established that they had a responsibility to the patient that they did not meet, and this resulted in the harm coming to the child. Work with a Plantation personal injury attorney to help increase your chance of retaining damages through a claim or lawsuit.