For many people, bringing a child into the world is one of the most exciting moments of their lives. This excitement can quickly turn into panic about the child's health and future medical bills if a serious mistake is made during the pregnancy or in the delivery room. Was your child born with an injury? You may be able to sue the doctors and medical facility who supervised the pregnancy and delivered the baby. The medical malpractice attorneys of the Dean Law Firm represent clients whose children have suffered birth defects in Ocala, Crystal River, and other local communities.Common Birth Injuries in Florida
There are a number of situations that often give rise to birth injuries. These include a failure to diagnose an infection, a failure to refer a high-risk patient to a specialist, inadequate prenatal testing, a delay in ordering an emergency C-section, improper use of Pitocin, improper vacuum use, and improper forceps use. For example, if a woman in labor is having trouble delivering the baby due to the baby's position, the physician may use forceps to help the child pass through the birth canal. At its worst, use of forceps can reduce oxygen and cause cerebral palsy. Even if the injury is less severe, nerve damage may result.
A failure to use the same reasonable care that other medical professionals would use in the same situation can give rise to a claim of negligence against a doctor. Sometimes doctors are clearly careless, but often it is harder to tell if they met the appropriate standard of care. If your child has an injury that you suspect was caused by negligence, you should consult an experienced Florida birth injury lawyer. An experienced lawyer will work with medical experts, closely evaluating your medical records to determine whether any health care professionals were negligent and whether their malpractice contributed or caused your child's birth injury.
Over the years, there may be a lot of medical bills associated with a birth injury. These can be so expensive that they bankrupt a family. This magnitude of financial difficulty is not usually what people expect when they decide to have a child. The goal of a medical malpractice lawsuit is to recover those costs as damages from those responsible for them and those in a better position to pay them. Depending on the nature of your child's harm, you may be able to recover amounts for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, occupational therapy expenses, modifications to your home and in-home care, lost wages, loss of society and companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life.Crystal River Attorneys Holding Negligent Doctors Accountable
If your child suffered a birth injury in Marion, Sumter, Lake, Citrus, or Levy Counties, we can help you determine whether you have grounds for a lawsuit. Florida medical malpractice cases can be especially complex from start to finish. The injury lawyers at the Dean Law Firm have significant experience in this area, allowing us to understand how these cases should be presented to a jury and what strong strategies for recovery are. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and accept all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. This means you will not pay our fees unless we are successful in your case. Call at 352-387-8700 or contact us via our online form to set up your free initial consultation.