If your child was injured during childbirth, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. First and foremost, know that you are not alone—thousands of parents experience similar heartache each year. While it won’t take away the pain of what happened, understanding how and why it happened can help you begin to move forward. If you believe your child’s birth injury was due to medical negligence, do not hesitate to reach out to a lawyer who can help you get justice for your family.
Common Causes of Birth Injuries
No parent should have to experience the heartbreak of a birth injury. These injuries can have a lifelong impact on both the child and the parents. While some birth injuries are due to unavoidable circumstances, many result from medical negligence. Here are a few of the most common causes of birth injuries.
1. Lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during labor
This can happen when the baby’s umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the neck or if there is a problem with the placenta that prevents oxygen from getting to the baby.
2. Excessive force used during delivery
Sometimes, things do not go according to plan during delivery, and doctors or midwives may need to use forceps or vacuum extractors to help deliver the baby. However, if too much force is used, it can cause severe injuries to the baby, including skull fractures, spinal cord damage, and cerebral palsy.
3. Other medical negligence.
Sometimes birth injuries are due to other types of medical negligence. This can happen when doctors or other medical staff make mistakes or do not follow proper protocol. For example, if a doctor does not order a C-section when it is medically necessary, it could result in serious injury or even death for the baby.
Florida’s Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice
In Florida, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is two years from the date of discovery but never later than four years from the date of injury.
The date of discovery is defined as the date when the injured party knew or should have known that their injury was caused by negligence. For example, if your child doesn’t present any symptoms of a birth injury until they are one year old, the date of discovery would be the date the symptoms presented themselves.
Why Hire GOLDLAW for Your Birth Injury Claim?
When you are dealing with a birth injury, you want to ensure you have the best legal representation. With so much on the line, you need to choose a law firm with experience handling these types of cases that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Here’s why GOLDLAW is the right choice for your birth injury claim:
1. We Can be Trusted with Your Health
We understand how difficult it can be to trust someone with your case. But at GOLDLAW, we take our responsibility to our clients very seriously. We will work tirelessly on your behalf and will always keep you updated on the status of your case.
2. We Have Experience with All Types of Birth Injury Claims
No two birth injury cases are alike, which is why it’s so important to choose a law firm with experience handling a wide variety of these claims. At GOLDLAW, we have successfully represented clients in all types of birth injury cases.
3. We Care About Our Clients
We’re not just in this for the money—we’re in it because we care about justice being served. Our team is passionate about fighting for the rights of our clients, and we will do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve.
Choosing a law firm with the experience and compassion you need during this difficult time is crucial. Contact the Port St. Lucie birth injury attorneys at GOLDLAW to schedule your free consultation.