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Birth Injuries that occur to a mother or baby during the birthing process may last a lifetime. Many of the injuries are simply known complications of the natural process of labor and delivery. However, in some circumstances, the obstetrical team may not timely recognize fetal distress or promptly arrange for a cesarean section to perform an emergency delivery. The result of nursing or obstetrical negligence can lead to catastrophic injury to a child, including hypoxic brain damage, mental incapacitation, physical impairment and cerebral palsy. The mental and physical disabilities to a newborn may be permanent and financially burdensome.
Expensive Lifetime Care
A qualified medical malpractice lawyer may assist you in determining whether reasonable medical care was provided during your child’s delivery. If the injury was caused by negligence, the offending health care provider would potentially be responsible for providing the following:
- Specialty residential care
- Long term need for medications
- Necessary therapies
- Continuing education
- Funeral expenses
Most parents are emotionally and financially overwhelmed by the birth of a child with significant, permanent injuries. Birth injuries can result in an extraordinary financial burden to the victims and their families. The loss of wages and costs of a lifetime of care for a permanently disabled child may be devastating. The pain and suffering experienced by these individuals can seem unbearable and insurmountable. Therefore, many families rightfully seek qualified legal representation to file a valid claim for compensation.
As an example of the economic impact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) reported in 2003 that the average lifetime cost of caring for a child with cerebral palsy was $921,000. This figure does not include out-of-pocket expenses such as:
- Hospital confinement or residential care
- Adaptive equipment
- Leg braces, walker, or wheelchair
- Housing modifications such as wheelchair access
If you are in the Orlando, Florida area and your child was injured during delivery or has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as the result of suspected medical negligence, you may wish to contact our Florida injury attorney at the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. Mr. Barszcz is a medical doctor and experienced civil trial attorney who represents injured children and their families. His experience as a former defense attorney for hospitals, physicians and insurance companies provides a unique insight into the evaluation of all medical claims. You may directly contact Mr. Barszcz to discuss your case free of charge.