Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2016 – Doctors are trained to monitor and care for the expectant mother and baby throughout the pregnancy. However, newborns can face the risk of birth injuries due to the negligence of medical personnel. Failure to prevent medical errors during labor or delivery can cause serious harm to the infant.
Florida has an especially high rate of birth injuries in comparison to other states. As a result, it is important for Florida mothers to be aware of birth injuries and signs of medical negligence.
“Physicians are responsible for taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of both mother and baby,” said Debi Chalik, a prominent birth injury attorney with Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers. “They must effectively diagnose and treat complications, whether it is scheduling an emergency C-section if the baby is too large or delivering the infant with extra care in cases of shoulder dystocia.”
Birth injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to serious conditions such as cerebral palsy. In some cases, they can even be fatal. Among the most common birth injuries in Florida are Erb’s palsy, brachial plexus palsy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, fetal stroke and hematomas.
Such injuries can occur any time during the delivery process due to medical malpractice or negligence. For example, the infant can sustain birth injuries if the physician applies excessive pressure or pulls the baby’s neck and head to the side during delivery.
Erb’s palsy and brachial plexus palsy are conditions that result in damage to the brachial plexus, a network of nerves running through the infant’s shoulder, arm and hand. The baby can suffer impaired movement, or even arm paralysis in severe cases. Expectant mothers whose babies are of larger-than-average weight or in breech position are at higher risk of the injuries.
One of the most serious birth injuries an infant can suffer is cerebral palsy. According to research, most cerebral palsy cases occur due to brain damage before birth or during the delivery process. The debilitating condition often requires a lifetime of care and treatment.
“Parents who find that their newborns have suffered injuries due to the negligence of medical personnel should discuss their options with a lawyer. They may be able to obtain compensation for the child’s birth injuries,” said Chalik.
To learn more about the birth injuries that can affect Florida babies, visit https://www.chaliklaw.com/erbs-palsy-florida-mothers/
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers
28 W Flagler St, #1000
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: (305) 944-2035