Miami Birth Trauma Attorney
Many newborns are delivered without suffering any injuries. For a parent, it is a relief to learn that their child was born without any issues. Unfortunately, the negligence of some doctors can result in a newborn sustaining a severe injury that could substantially impact their life. If your child suffered birth trauma due to medical malpractice, contact an experienced Miami birth trauma attorney today.
At the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked, our Miami attorney is dedicated to providing our clients with the diligent legal representation needed to seek compensation for an incident of medical malpractice. We understand how stressful it can be to learn that your child suffered an injury at the hands of a doctor you trusted, and we are here for you. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked at (305) 690-0244. You can also contact us online.
Common Causes of Birth Trauma in Miami
If a newborn experiences birth trauma in Miami, FL, it means they have sustained some type of injury during the labor or delivery process. For example, a newborn could have been bruised while exiting the birth canal or could have been harmed if a doctor used excessive force during the delivery.
There are a number of factors that could increase the risk of birth trauma occurring during a delivery. For example, newborns that weigh more than the average child could become stuck in the birth canal where they could suffer a serious injury. Other common causes of birth trauma include:
- Increased frailty of a newborn due to premature birth (before the 37th week)
- A mother having a small or unusually shaped pelvis that could make delivery difficult (cephalopelvic disproportion)
- Prolonged or difficult labor
- An infant is in an abnormal delivery position with their buttocks or feet towards the birth canal (breech presentation)
- Poor use of forceps, vacuum extractors, and other birth-assisting instruments
- Administering drugs that may cause violent contractions
There are other causes of birth trauma that are not listed above. To learn more about the injuries that an infant could sustain due to birth trauma, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Miami birth trauma lawyer.
Injuries Caused by Birth Trauma
Birth trauma can be related to a number of medical conditions. Many of these conditions can cause a newborn several issues in the future. The following is a list of common injuries related to birth trauma.
Caput succedaneum is a condition that is identified by swelling of the scalp of an infant that occurs shortly after birth. In some cases, caput succedaneum is caused by the head of a baby becoming stuck in the birth canal. However, a doctor can also be responsible for a baby developing caput succedaneum. For example, if a doctor exercises excessive force when using forceps to deliver a child, they could bruise the head of the child, which can lead to caput succedaneum.
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that can affect the motor functions of a person. For example, the muscles of a child could become rigid, which could make it difficult to learn to walk or talk. Under other circumstances, the newborn could miss other important developmental milestones that can impact their growth.
Cerebral palsy is often caused because a newborn suffered trauma to the head during labor or delivery. For example, if a child’s head became stuck in the birth canal, this may be enough to cause a serious head injury. If a doctor is aware of a situation where a child could suffer brain trauma that could lead to cerebral palsy, they are required to act.
During the delivery of a child, bone fractures can occur under a number of circumstances. In some cases, a bone fracture may occur because a doctor exercised too much force when pulling a child from the womb. In situations where a baby became stuck in the birth canal, a doctor can be held liable if they failed to present a viable alternative like a cesarean section.
Brachial Plexus Injury
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that is responsible for movement in a child’s arm and hands. An injury to the brachial plexus may occur if a baby’s shoulder becomes trapped in the birth canal or if a doctor fails to pull a baby from the womb carefully. As a result, a baby may suffer a loss of function in their arms. This loss of function will depend on the extent of the injury to the brachial plexus.
There are many other birth injuries that are caused by trauma. For example, internal hemorrhages or bell’s palsy are serious medical conditions a child may face due to birth trauma.
To ensure that your birth injury claim is not affected by the statute of limitations, you should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations places a restriction on the amount of time a claimant has to file a case. As a result, waiting too long to pursue a legal claim can mean that the claimant may miss their opportunity to have their case heard by a court.
Work with Our Experienced Miami Birth Trauma Lawyer Today
If your child was the victim of medical malpractice, consult with an experienced Miami birth injury lawyer today. Injury lawyer Prosper Shaked has fought for residents of Miami for years, and he would be proud to use his experience to fight for the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal situation, contact the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked at (305) 690-0244.