Birth Related Injuries

The birth of a child is a joyous event, but ironically for some parents, medical negligence can turn such joy into a lifetime of suffering.  The Law Offices of Jorge L. Flores, P.A., represents parents of children who have suffered birth injuries due to malpractice on the part of their doctors or other medical staff.

If your child’s birth injury was preventable, our aggressive and effective representation will help you get the justice you and your child deserve.  We will work tenaciously to make sure your doctor or other medical staff members responsible for your child’s injuries pay for their wrongdoing.

At the Law Offices of Jorge L. Flores, P.A., we are committed to helping children and their families who are victims of birth related injuries caused by the negligence of others.  We have extensive experience throughout Florida representing clients in the fields of personal injury and medical malpractice law.

These medical mistakes kill as many people as AIDS, breast cancer, and auto accidents combined, according to the 2003 bestseller Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes That Kill and Injure Millions of Americans by Rosemary Gibson and J. P. Singh.

The period of gestation as well as the period during the birth process, are critical times for a mother and her child.  Physicians must be extremely cautious in monitoring both patients throughout the pregnancy and during delivery.  The slightest error can result in serious birth-related injuries that permanently affect the baby and possibly the mother.  One example is cerebral palsy, a preventable injury caused by negligence.  Failure to properly monitor the fetus during development and through delivery can severely damage the brain, resulting in permanent injuries that impair the child’s ability to move.

Erb’s palsy is another birthing injury that impacts a critical network of nerves, the brachial plexus. Improper delivery of the baby can crush this fragile area, which is located between the neck and shoulder.  Damaging this nerve center leads to permanent paralysis of the child’s upper arm and shoulder.  Medical negligence can result in a wide range of birth injuries, including, but not limited to:

Cerebral dysfunction
Intracranial swelling
Spinal cord injury
Bruising and forcep scars
Hemorrhage around the optic nerve
Facial paralysis
Skeletal fractures
Excessive hematoma or bleeding

In many cases, birth-related injuries are a direct result of medical negligence.  Negligence during the birth process occurs when physicians or other health care providers breach their duty of care to the patient.  Since obstetricians are considered specialists in their field, they are held to a higher standard of care.  Common acts of malpractice causing birth-related injuries include, but are not limited to:

Delay in performing caesarean section
Dilatory response to bleeding
Negligence in remedying fetal distress
Mistakes in identifying birth complications
Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor
Incorrect administration of medicine to induce labor
Failure to properly read amniotic composition

Patients generally trust their doctors and believe that they did everything they could.  The truth is that errors in the delivery room are common and should not be ignored.  Significantly, the consequences of minor mistakes during the birth process are irreversible and can often cause a lifetime of pain and suffering for the baby and the entire family.  The medical expenses required to save the baby or the mother can be enormous.  Moreover, the future medical costs to treat a child suffering from a birth-related injury tend to be prohibitive.  In addition to the extensive medical bills, there are also the expenses associated with re-outfitting the parents’ home and providing individualized education for a child with special needs.  That is why it is imperative to retain an experienced attorney who can develop a strong and persuasive case of all the future costs associated with a birth-related injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered a birth-related injury, the experienced Law Offices of Jorge L. Flores, P.A., can help ease the pain and suffering associated with that experience.  We will design and develop a case to try and get you the compensation you need to improve your life and assist you in returning to the quality of life that was taken away due to the negligence of others.  We will hire the best medical experts to determine whether your child suffered a preventable injury caused by the negligence of others, and to prove the value of the medical care that will be necessitated over the lifetime of the injured child.
Our firm has successfully handled a myriad of medical malpractice claims, helping families across Florida. At the Law Offices of Jorge L. Flores, P.A., we understand that living with a birth-related injury is incredibly burdensome for the family and equally traumatic for the child.  That is why we are dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.