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Preparing For Childbirth In Florida?

What Every New and Expecting Parent Should Know About Birth Injuries

Bringing new life into this world can be a beautiful and incredible experience, and most parents will forever cherish the moment of their child’s birth. During such wonderful times, it’s hard to imagine anything other than a happy, healthy baby. Unfortunately, birth injuries do occur, and some can have lifelong impacts that are both emotionally and financially devastating.

What many people don’t know is that medical malpractice is the leading cause of several serious birth injuries. Nothing can undo the painful, life-altering consequences of this, but having plenty of money and resources to ensure the highest possible quality of life can help.

This is why new parents must understand how medical malpractice can result in birth injuries, the signs and symptoms that can manifest, and when to seek legal help.

If you suspect that your child is suffering from a birth injury and you’re unsure whether medical malpractice played a role, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in birth injury cases.

At Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. in Hallandale Beach, Florida, one of the most important things we do is help families through the process of filing birth injury and medical malpractice claims. Scheduling a one-on-one consultation to discuss the details of your particular situation is the best decision, and knowing how to answer some basic questions is a good place to start.

What Are Some Of The Most Common Birth Injuries?

Most birth injuries affect the head and/or brain, with cerebral palsy being the most common. Cerebral palsy results from brain damage, which can occur in several ways, including lack of oxygen and brain hemorrhage.

Other common birth injuries include Erb’s palsy, cephalohematoma, broken bones, spinal cord injury, and brachial plexus injury. If you’ve been told that your child is suffering from an injury, don’t wait to contact a birth injury attorney.

How Does Medical Malpractice Lead To Birth Injury?

Birth injuries can occur before, during, or after birth, and there are several ways medical malpractice can cause them. These include but are not limited to the following:

What Birth Injury Signs And Symptoms Should I Look Out For?

Some birth injuries are immediately obvious at birth, while others develop later in life and remain unnoticed for months or even years.

In general, there are three periods within which different signs and symptoms can emerge and indicate a birth injury:

  1. Immediately following birth:
    • Curling of the hands
    • Arching of the back
    • Difficulty swallowing or suckling
    • Low heart rate
    • Signs of trauma to any part of the body (e.g., bruises, swelling)
    • Light sensitivity
    • Abnormal muscle tone
    • Excessive drooling
  1. From 12- 24 months:
    • Inability to grasp objects
    • Vision or hearing problems
    • Muscle spasms
    • Trouble eating or drinking
    • Slow cognitive development
    • Trouble crawling
  1. After 24 months:
    • Trouble walking or running
    • Seizures
    • Tremors
    • Trouble communicating in full sentences
    • Difficulty eating or drinking without help
    • Unusual muscle tone

This is by no means an exhaustive list of birth injury signs and symptoms. If you notice anything that seems out of the ordinary, or your child misses common milestones, seek medical attention right away and contact a birth injury attorney in your area.

If you live near Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Miramar, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, or Jacksonville, FL, Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. can help.

Could My Child’s Injury Have Been Prevented?

Without a thorough assessment of your specific situation, it will be difficult to say with confidence whether your child’s birth injury could have been prevented and/or whether the negligence of a medical professional is to blame.

That said, it’s important to remember that the members of your child’s medical team are human; it’s a fact of life that even highly-trained and experienced doctors make mistakes. This doesn’t make them bad people, but it also doesn’t mean you should have to pay for the consequences.

The bottom line is this: if you find yourself wondering whether your child’s injury could have been prevented, it’s time to contact a personal injury lawyer who has experience handling birth injury cases similar to yours.

How Can A Florida Birth Injury And Medical Malpractice Attorney Help?

Proving that a birth injury was the result of medical malpractice is no easy task, but in the hands of the right personal injury attorney, it can be done.

Caring for a healthy newborn is hard enough; adding a birth injury and the complications that come with it can make it feel almost impossible.

Personal injury attorneys who specialize in birth injury cases can provide you with the information, guidance, and compassion you need during such a challenging time.

If you live in Florida, chances are Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. has an office near you. You can find us in Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Miramar, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, & Jacksonville.

When it comes to a birth injury due to medical malpractice, time is of the essence. Don’t hesitate to contact us today at 800-TELL-ROBERT.

Attorney Robert Fenstersheib

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