The birth of a baby should be a wonderful time for a family. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that complications during birth are many and growing. The rate of serious complications has risen 75 percent over the course of the past decade. In 2008 and 2009, the rate of complications has risen as high as 129 injuries for every 10,000 births.
A birth injury can change the life of a child and family forever. When that birth injury is caused by something a doctor or healthcare provider did, the care provider must be held accountable and the injured victims should take prompt legal action to protect their rights. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our Okeechobee birth injury attorneys are here and ready to help families coping with birth injuries.
While some injuries are simply the result of bad luck or fate, many birth injuries happen as a direct result of doctors or other healthcare providers failing to live up to their obligations to their patients. For example, some of the most common reasons for a birth injury include:
In these and many other situations, the doctor or care provider may be considered to have committed medical negligence or medical malpractice. The test of whether a doctor acted appropriately or was negligent centers on what a reasonable physician or care provider with a similar background would have done in the same situation. If the doctor’s care was considered unreasonable or substandard, then the doctor can and should be held liable for malpractice with the help of an Okeechobee birth injury attorney.
Recently, a Johns Hopkins survey revealed that many of the medical malpractice payouts in excess of $1 million occur in cases where injuries happen to a child under one year old. Payouts in these types of cases can be high because many injuries that occur during labor and delivery have a permanent impact on a child’s life. For example, some of the most common types of birth injuries include:
The outcomes will vary for kids with these and other birth injuries, but conditions like cerebral palsy are not treatable and will permanently impact the child’s cognitive function and muscle control.
Victims of birth injuries should have all of their medical costs covered for life, including the costs of adaptive devices that help them to cope with their disabilities. Doctors and care providers should be responsible not just for covering these medical costs but also for providing compensation for lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress or wrongful death.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our Okeechobee birth injury lawyers have helped injured victims and their families to recover full compensation through in-court trials or out of court settlements. We are here and ready to put our experience with labor and delivery injuries to work for you. Contact our Okeechobee birth injury attorneys today and schedule your free consultation.