Birth injuries are a serious issue that can have an impact on a person’s life. According to a 2010 study published in the American Journal of Gynecology, 26 of every 1,000 births involved some form of trauma. When these incidents are the result of medical malpractice on the part of a medical professional, victims can obtain compensation for their injuries. Consequently, birth injury victims and parents of infants who have sustained birth injuries should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. Contact an experienced Clearwater birth injury attorney today.
Medical malpractice is a type of professional negligence that occurs when a medical professional’s conduct fails to comport with the accepted standard of care, which, under Florida law, is that level of care, skill, and treatment that, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers.
The delivery process often involves the use of medical instruments such as forceps and vacuum extractors that can make things go more smoothly than they would in the absence of these instruments. Unfortunately, they also have the potential to cause serious injury in cases where they are improperly handled.
The birthing process can be physically demanding on infants and there are plenty of problems that can arise. For this reason, it has become standard practice to monitor a newborn’s vital signs during delivery. Failure to do so can result in a situation where a soon-to-be newborn is experiencing preventable issues such as insufficient oxygen. When this occurs, victims can develop conditions such as cerebral palsy that could affect them for the rest of their lives.
Labor can be a difficult process that can last for hours. In some cases, the delivery process is assisted by physicians or other medical professionals who try and help the newborn on his or her way out by physically assisting or repositioning the baby. Newborns’ bodies are extremely fragile, and the use of too much force can easily cause injury. In addition, using too much physical force during delivery also has the potential to cause injury to the mother.
Certain medical conditions in the mother have the potential to cause issues in regard to fetal development. In many cases, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions can reduce the risk of birth injuries. When a physician fails to diagnose a condition in a pregnant woman and it results in a preventable birth injury, victims may be able to recover compensation for their losses.
Birth injuries caused by the negligence of a medical professional have the potential to affect victims for the rest of their lives. Consequently, people who sustain birth injuries are entitled to financial compensation. Clearwater birth injury attorney Paul B. Genet is a skilled lawyer who has been representing the legal rights of people injured by the negligence of others since 1988. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Genet, please call our office today at 727-538-8865.
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