What is considered a birth injury?
A birth injury is any injury that occurs before, during, or after the delivery. Some common birth injuries are:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen during delivery)
- Brain Injury
- Soft Tissue Damage
- Nerve Trauma
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Skull Fractures
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Meconium Aspiration
These injuries are different from birth defects because birth defects are caused by genetics. Some birth defects are due to the mother taking dangerous prescription drugs. These birth defects are considered medical malpractice since the doctor who prescribed the drugs should have known the possible effects.
How do I know if my doctor was responsible for my baby’s birth injury?
The birthing process causes birth injuries. Improper use of forceps and vacuum extractors by the doctor may cause any number of birth injuries. Other causes of birth injuries due to a doctor’s negligence include the doctor’s failure to diagnose the mother’s declining health or the failure to respond quickly to hypoxia.
It is very important for a birth injury attorney to conduct a full investigation of the delivery to make sure the birthing process was completed properly.
How can a hospital be involved in a birth injury?
There are two ways in which a hospital may be involved in a birth injury. The hospital is responsible for all the employees. If an employee makes a mistake and is the cause of a personal injury or hospital medical malpractice, then it is the hospital’s responsibility to take fault for those actions. The second way in which a hospital may be involved in a birth injury is when the hospital is kept unsanitary, the equipment is not in proper working order, or the emergency room has failed to admit a woman in labor. All of these reasons are ways in which a hospital’s mistakes may cause a birth injury.
Is there a time limit for filing a birth injury lawsuit?
There is a time limit with a birth injury lawsuit as with any civil lawsuit. There is a statute of limitations that sets a time period for a lawsuit to be filed. Any claim that my have been available in this time frame is forfeited if the time has elapsed. A birth injury attorney will help you understand the statute of limitations for your claim and help you file your lawsuit within the proper time frame.
Who can I contact to help me with my birth injury case in Orlando, Florida?
David Best is an experienced Orlando birth injury attorney. He will be able to help you through the entire process of your case. Please contact our Orlando birth injury office for a confidential consultation.