Birth Injury Attorneys Orlando
Birth injuries are more common in America than most people realize. It is estimated that out of every 1,000 births in the United States, 27 of them result in some form of injury. In Florida alone, over 250,000 babies are born every year, meaning between 5,000 and 10,000 of Florida’s newborns suffer an injury at birth. At Todd E. Copeland & Associates, we understand that when it’s your newborn that is injured, all the statistics in the world don’t matter. What’s most important is finding the right treatment/care for your baby to have as normal a life as possible, and seeking justice for those who are responsible.
What Types Of Injuries Can Happen During Birth?
Our lawyers are experienced in representing birth injury accidents, and we can help you secure the compensation you deserve for medical problems such as:
- Cerebral Palsy: This is one of the most common injuries newborns suffer. The cause of cerebral palsy is an insufficient amount of oxygen to the brain. Cerebral palsy can lead to a number of health issues throughout your child’s life. These include trouble breathing, below average motor skills, seizures, and many others. Cerebral palsy can be classified as a permanent disability. For more information on this visit The Mayo Clinic's website.
- Hypoxia: Similar to cerebral palsy, hypoxia is the technical medical term used for lack of oxygen reaching a person’s brain. During birth, it can occur as a result of the head being inside the birth canal for too long a period of time and/or misuse of the medical equipment such as a vacuum device. The health effects of Hypoxia can range from minor breathing problems to brain damage and may even include death. Read the National Institute of Health's report here.
- Erb’s Palsy: This injury is caused by nerve damage around the shoulder area. Since these nerves control arm movements, serious cases of Erb’s Palsy can lead to permanent upper body paralysis.
Birth accidents and injuries are often the result of negligence on the part of the attending medical personnel, such as failure to take reasonable and necessary steps to prevent the accident. In these cases, the doctor and hospital staff may be liable for damages.
Who Can Be Held Liable For Birth Injuries?
Every medical professional and company involved in the birth of your child has the potential to be held liable for any negligence or malpractice that led to an infant's injuries. The party most sought after for damages is the hospital. As corporations (either public or privately held) they are ultimately responsible for the staff, equipment and conditions present at the time of a child's birth. This means that they can be held liable for both their direct negligence and vicariously for the negligence of others involved. During the hiring process, hospitals must undergo rigorous screening of candidates. All medical professionals who become employed by the hospital must carry the proper certifications, licenses and training. Should it be proven that the hospital did not perform due dilligence on a particular individual who was responsible for your child's injury they can be held liable.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers can be held liable for injuries when faulty production and testing of their products can be proven to have led to an injury. Administering the drug properly is ultimately the duty of the physician or medical professional on staff. Your doctor is considered a "learned intermediary" meaning that their extensive medical knowledge is what determines if a particular drug is appropriate to give to a particular patient. The drug company is responsible for properly labeling their products for possible risks and side effects and to inform anyone administering the drugs of such.
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If your newborn has suffered from a birth accident, it is important for you to understand your legal rights. At Todd E. Copeland & Associates, we don’t believe you should have to pay upfront for legal guidance or to seek justice for your child. Whatever the circumstances of your case, we want you to get in touch with us for a FREE no obligation consultation. We are caring and compassionate Orlando birth injury attorneys, and we offer personalized service from your initial consultation until we settle your claim. Call our office today at (407) 999-8995 or toll free at (888) 999-9149.