Fort Lauderdale Birth Injury Lawyers
Broward County Birth Injury Lawyers Effectively Fight to Safeguard Your Child’s Future
Birth injuries are unique in that they literally have the capacity to impact the injured party for his or her entire life. If your child has suffered an injury at birth, you may feel helpless and uncertain how to even begin understanding the injury and how it may impact various aspects of your child’s life and future. While birth injuries can impact your child in any number of ways, one thing is certain—when the injury was caused by the careless or reckless actions of a medical professional or other third party, you deserve to be fully compensated for any adverse impact that the injury may have on your child’s future.
One essential element of any claim for compensation that involves a birth injury involves determining how to quantify the damages that your child will suffer as he or she develops through life. A skilled lawyer with specific experience handling claims for compensation based on birth injuries can not only help you evaluate the potential costs of care throughout the child’s life, but can also make a strong claim for maximizing the more subjective damages caused by birth injuries, including loss of earning potential, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, emotional trauma and more. If your child was injured at birth in Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere in South Florida, contact our skilled lawyers for compassionate and effective advice in recovering compensation in your case. Your initial consultation is always free, so you have nothing to lose by gaining our honest and straightforward opinion about your case prospects.
Potential LifeLong Impact of Florida Birth Injuries
Unfortunately, newborn babies are injured at birth every single day in Florida. Although not every birth injury occurs because of some form of medical negligence, when your doctor or another medical professional makes a mistake that can cause your child lifelong suffering, they should be held financially responsible for those actions. Some common examples of common birth injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries,
- Bleeding in the brain or spinal cord area,
- Nerve damage, usually in the form of “Erb’s Palsy”, caused by an error while your baby was being delivered,
- Preeclampsia cases,
- Prescription drug errors, where a medication such as Zofran that the doctor prescribed to the mother during pregnancy harmed the baby,
- Disfigurement caused during the delivery process,
- C-Section or delayed C-Section cases, where any number of complications can cause harm to both the mother and infant.
Doctors and medical professionals have a legal duty to provide care to the mother and child in accordance with generally accepted medical principles, which can vary depending upon the circumstances involved in the case. The doctor may breach this duty by:
- Failing to notice the baby has grown too large given the due date,
- Failing to perform a C-Section when necessary,
- Allowing the labor to become unreasonably prolonged,
- Improperly using various instruments in delivering the baby,
- Improperly pulling or placing stress on the baby during delivery,
- Prescribing a type of prescription drug that causes harm to the fetus.
Compassionate Lawyers at Lawlor, White & Murphey with a Reputation for Ensuring Hospitals and Doctors are Accountable for South Florida Birth Injuries
Most birth injuries could be prevented with proper medical care and monitoring throughout the mother’s pregnancy and during the labor and delivery process itself. When a failure to provide appropriate care causes harm to your child, you need a medical malpractice lawyer who is both compassionate and aggressive in order to fight on your behalf to hold the responsible parties accountable.
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we have decades’ worth of experience successfully helping clients obtain the compensation they need to help their child throughout life. We are committing to building a strong case for each and every one of our clients, and when a birth injury is involved, we put all of our substantial resources to work in making sure that your child is protected financially going forward. Some of the major hospitals and medical facilities that our lawyers have faced include:
- Broward Health Medical Center,
- Good Samaritan Medical Center,
- Holy Cross Hospital,
- Fort Lauderdale Hospital,
- Memorial Regional Hospital,
- Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center,
- Palms West Hospital,
- And more.
Contact Our Dedicated Birth Injury Lawyers to Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Child’s Injuries Today
If your child was injured at birth, call our offices today or fill out this brief online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Fort Lauderdale area birth injury lawyers. We understand that this is one of the most difficult situations a parent may have to face and are here to help take on the burden of obtaining a full and fair compensation award to protect your child’s future while you focus on your newborn child.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fort Lauderdale Birth Injury Cases
Medical malpractice cases are inherently complex, and those involving birth injuries are no exception. These cases take time, skill and substantial resources to win. Our lawyers have the resources necessary to conduct a full investigation and will consult with experts in evaluating your medical records to determine how the actions of the doctors, nurses, technicians, other medical professionals and even the hospital itself impacted your child. We also have the skills necessary to succeed in these cases, know how the insurance adjusters and defense attorneys who are hired to protect doctors and hospitals think and will fight to make sure your compensation package fully accounts for your child’s future needs.
Both doctors and hospitals carry substantial insurance policies to protect them financially in medical malpractice cases. To determine who to pursue compensation from in these cases, we must first determine the cause of the birth injury. The next step is to determine whether an employment relationship existed between the doctor (or another person) who caused the injury and the hospital itself. Many doctors are not technically hospital employees, so if the doctor worked as a consultant or independent contractor and caused the injury, that doctor’s own insurance policy would be responsible. If an employment relationship exists, the hospital itself can be liable.