Miami Childbirth Injuries Attorney
The birth of a child is intended to be a wonderful experience for a mother and her family. Throughout her pregnancy, a mother may have grown to trust the doctor overseeing her pregnancy to provide the best care for her and her child. That is why it may come as a shock that a trusted doctor committed malpractice that resulted in the injury of a mother’s newborn child. If you or your child was injured during labor, consult with an experienced Miami childbirth injury attorney today.
The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked are dedicated to providing injured mothers and children with the legal representation necessary to pursue a negligent doctor for malpractice. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked at (305) 690-0244, or contact us online.
Common Childbirth Injuries in Miami, FL
Labor can be difficult for a mother and her child. The situation can become even more dangerous if the doctor in charge of the pregnancy acts negligently when a mother is in labor. For example, failing to properly use a birth-assisting instrument can cause injuries to a mother and her child.
The following is a list of common childbirth injuries in Miami that may occur due to an incident of medical malpractice.
If a doctor believes that a mother will have a difficult labor that could potentially injure her child, they should take steps to avoid this possibility. For example, an infant that is above the average weight of a newborn the child may have to be delivered via cesarean section due to a risk of the child becoming stuck in the birth canal.
When a child’s head becomes stuck in the birth canal, the pressure from the vaginal wall and uterus may cause the child to develop caput succedaneum (CS). CS is a birth injury that can be identified due to the swelling of the baby’s scalp.
Difficult labor is not the only cause of CS. For example, if a doctor misuses a birth-assisting instrument like a vacuum extractor, this can also seriously injure a newborn. These tools are designed to pull a child from the womb, but excessive force can be dangerous for a child.
When a mother goes through labor, it is normal for her to experience some loss of blood. However, if a mother suffers a hemorrhage while giving birth, this can cause a dangerous or even fatal amount of blood loss.
One common cause of maternal hemorrhaging is the use of medication during labor. For example, Pitocin is a drug that is often administered to a mother to induce labor or speed up contractions. However, the drug can also cause violent contractions that can lead to hemorrhaging.
Poor use of birth-assisting instruments can also be the cause of maternal hemorrhaging. For example, excessive force when using forceps can damage a mother’s birth canal and cause significant bleeding.
Brachial Plexus Injury
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that are located in a person’s arms, and shoulders and that link the arms and hands to the spinal cord. Brachial plexus injuries often occur because a baby’s shoulders were stuck in the birth canal for too long or because a doctor pulled the baby’s arm with too much force.
As the brachial plexus controls movement in a person’s hands and arms, an injury to the brachial plexus may result in difficulty moving the arms and hands in multiple areas. For example, a newborn child may be unable to make certain hand motions. A severe injury to the brachial plexus that causes a nerve to tear can lead to permanent nerve damage in many cases.
The size and weight of a child will typically determine whether a mother will have a difficult labor. For example, if an unborn child is too large to safely fit through the mother’s birth canal, they can cause a mother to suffer a vaginal tear. A vaginal tear is a laceration that affects the tissues in the vagina.
There are varying degrees of vaginal tears with first-degree tears being the least severe and fourth-degree tears being the most severe. If a doctor fails to suggest a cesarean section or other alternatives to decrease the risk of a perineal tear, they could be held liable for the injuries the mother experienced.
These are only a few common injuries related to childbirth. If you experienced an injury not listed above in Miami, Florida, you should consider pursuing a medical malpractice claim against the parties responsible.
Our Miami Childbirth Injury Lawyer is Ready to Work with You
If your child was injured while you were giving birth, you should contact an experienced Miami childbirth injury lawyer today. Personal injury lawyer Prosper Shaked has fought for residents of Miami for years, and he will work tirelessly to help you fight for compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked at (305) 690-0244.