Florida Birth Injury
According to our Florida Birth Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, thousands of babies each year suffer some form of birth injury during childbirth. While most of these injuries are common, and relatively minor, serious forms of birth injury can impair a child for the rest of his or her life.
The birth process can be traumatic on a baby, and since their bones are still relatively soft, bruising and swelling are common. However, serious forms of birth injury like nerve damage, skull fracture and cerebral palsy, do happen. These forms of birth injury can range in their severity, but in most instances, intense medical treatment will be required, and even then the child may never fully heal.
Tragically, most serious types of birth injury are totally preventable, according to our Florida Birth Injury Lawyer. With medical technology constantly advancing and observant physicians, most births happen without serious incident. Our team says that medical malpractice is the cause for many birth injury incidents today, which can be defined as improper use of instruments, improper use of drugs, or carelessness. If your baby’s birth injury may be due to medical malpractice, then you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Florida Birth Injury Lawyer team to find out what your legal options are.
Traumatic birth injury can take many forms; however, some of the more common cases involve cerebral palsy, Erbs Palsy, Horner’s Syndrome and Klumpkes Palsy. Most people have heard about cerebral palsy because of the media attention it generates. Cerebral palsy happens when there is insufficient oxygen supplied to the child’s brain while in the womb and/or during childbirth. This can either be caused by drugs used to ease childbirth or by improper use of instruments. Additionally, an umbilical cord that wraps around the child’s neck can affect oxygen flow. Cerebral palsy is a particularly devastating birth injury, according to our Florida Birth Injury Lawyer team, because there is no cure and most children stricken with CP will suffer some type of impairment or disability for the rest of their lives.
Another situation that produces a fair number of birth injury cases happens when either the fetus is abnormally large or the birth canal is abnormally small, which makes childbirth very difficult. In instances such as these, the doctor may have to use tools like vacuum extractors or forceps to help the child along. The doctor may also resort to tugging on the child’s arms to facilitate the birth. Improper use of these tools or tugging too hard on the arms can lead to a birth injury known as brachial plexus nerve injury, which is damage to the nerves in the shoulder. In most cases of BPNI, the child will heal without further medical intervention. However, in severe cases, a surgeon may be called in to repair the damaged nerves. Also, this nerve damage can cause a reduced range of motion in the arm or reduced strength. If your child suffered a brachial plexus nerve injury or any other type of traumatic birth injury due to medical malpractice, please contact our Florida Injury Lawyer team to review your legal options.
If you or someone you know is suffering from the effects of a birth injury, contact our experienced Florida Birth Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to discuss your legal options. Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has convenient office locations throughout South Florida with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.