In 2008 and 2009, there were 129 serious complications for every 10,000 births in the United States. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, this injury rate reflects a 75 percent increase in complications as compared with just a decade ago. Unfortunately, this means that thousands more mothers and babies are facing tragedy instead of the joy of a healthy new baby being born.
In many tragic cases, the injury that mother or baby suffers during birth is an injury that was caused or exacerbated by a medical professional. When doctors or care providers fail to do their job in a professional way, the consequences can be devastating for families. If this happens to you, a Miami birth injury attorney at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help you to seek justice and get the compensation you deserve to cover your losses.
Doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers responsible for caring for pregnant mothers and for delivering babies have an obligation to their patients. Care providers must provide reasonable, professional quality care and can be held responsible for acts or omissions that constitute medical negligence.
Many different types of medical mistakes can occur during labor and delivery that doctors and care providers can be held accountable for. Some of the most common mistakes made include:
These are just a few examples of situations where doctors and care providers can make mistakes that cause devastating birth injuries. In these and other situations, you can hold the healthcare provider accountable by contacting a Miami birth injury lawyer and filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Doctors and care providers who are unreasonably negligent in the care they provide can become responsible for covering 100 percent of medical costs that the child will incur over their lifetime. Care providers can also be made to pay for pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional distress and wrongful death caused by their negligence.
In many cases, the losses for birth injuries are extensive because the injury stays with the child for the rest of his or her life. For example, some of the common types of birth injuries that can cause incurable harm include:
Children can also suffer from broken bones or depressed skull fractures during birth. Unfortunately, when the birth injury that a child experiences is permanent, the lifetime costs of care can be astronomical. This helps to explain why a recent Johns Hopkins survey cited injury to children under the age of one as among the most common types of medical malpractice cases leading to payouts of more than $1 million in damages.
A Miami birth injury lawyer at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can assist you in understanding your legal rights and in gathering evidence to build a case against the doctor or healthcare provider responsible for harming you or your child. We understand how high the stakes are and how important it is for you to receive full compensation so your child can be taken care of for life. We’re here to help, so give us a call or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.