After months of planning and excitement, the wait is over and you meet
your beautiful new baby, generally your one hope for him or her is perfect
health. Unfortunately, this is a wish that is not always fulfilled and
it is usually a heartbreaking experience. There are typically two different
types of problems that can impact a baby’s health – a birth
defect and a birth injury – and it is important to understand what
separates the two.
Birth defects occur when a disease or some other medical condition develops
while your child is still in the womb. Many causes, such as genetic predispositions,
abnormalities, infections, environmental conditions, or even exposure
to chemicals or drugs can result in the development of a birth defect.
Some birth defects include:
- Cleft palates
- Congenital heart disease
- Spina bifida
- Neural tube defects
- Brain damage
- Cranial abnormalities
- Limb abnormalities
Birth defects are often outside of a doctor’s control, though there
are some cases in which proper monitoring, testing, and sound medical
advice could have prevented a defect from occurring. Therefore, if your
baby suffered a birth defect, this can still mean you can hold someone
liable for it if it is determined that it was preventable. Occasionally
a doctor may try to tell you that your new baby has a birth defect when
in reality, it was a birth injury, as discussed next.
Birth injuries generally occur during labor and as a result of substandard
medical care. These types of injuries tend to happen due to improper monitoring
throughout the course of a woman’s labor and delivery or as a result
of the use of excessive force when delivering a child. Some of the most
common birth injuries sustained by newborn babies include:
- Brachial Plexus injuries
- Erb’s Palsy
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Klumpke’s Palsy
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
Additionally, some injuries can be so severe that they become fatal.
Unlike birth defects, which are sometimes unavoidable, birth injuries are
likely to be caused by a doctor or other medical professional involved
in the birthing process. Errors such as delayed C-sections, improper movement
of the child during delivery, improper monitoring of maternal blood pressure
and failing to recognize and address complications are all mistakes that
can result in serious trauma to the baby.
If you believe that your baby suffered an injury or a defect as a result
of the negligence of a medical professional, it is important to that you
seek skilled legal assistance as soon as possible to obtain the compensation
you and your family deserve.
Birth Injury Attorney in Florida
At David C. Rash, P.A. in Florida, our medical malpractice attorneys are
dedicated to representing those who have been injured by negligent healthcare
professionals. If your baby was injured or developed a defect due to the
substandard care provided by a medical professional, we will fight to
hold him or her accountable and obtain fair and just compensation on your behalf.
Get started on your case today and contact our office at (954) 914-7116
to request your free initial case evaluation and learn more about what
we can do for you.