Birth Injury Lawyers For Skull Fractures & HIE
Among the numerous types of birth injuries are those involving skull fractures. These types of birth injuries are often the result of deliveries that require the use of forceps, vacuum extraction, and/or other instrument-related delivery.1They may or may not involve intracranial injury. In addition, they may result in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a serious form of brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation in the brain.2
Treatment for birth injury skull fractures can include3:
- Oxygen for breathing support
- Interior skull pressure monitoring in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
- Blood pressure and heart monitoring
- Intravenous medications and fluids
- Reduction of brain swelling
Unlike many other types of birth injuries resulting in HIE, skull fracture birth injuries generally occur during birth. According to research, approximately half of birth injury infants who experience HIE are likely to die by the age of two or experience severe disabilities.4
Parents of infants with skull fracture birth injuries need support, resources, and guidance, and in the majority of cases that involve birth injury medical malpractice negligence, legal help.
Regardless of the cause of a skull fracture birth injury in a newborn, in cases of provable medical malpractice negligence legal assistance is often sought. Proving medical malpractice negligence in skull fracture birth injury cases requires effectively demonstrating that the current established standard of care was not met and therefore resulted in injury to a baby. Causes of medical malpractice negligence in such cases include errors, use of excessive force, physician exhaustion, and failure to properly monitor an infant and/or mother.
Hiring an expert attorney or legal team experienced in skull fracture birth injuries involving medical malpractice negligence is critical. This can help to ensure that fair compensation is received by parents for their skull fracture birth injury negligence settlement so that they can pay for care and services for their child. This is of particular importance when a child’s required care and services will be ongoing. These may include:
— Specialist visits
— Special equipment
Meeting with an experienced Florida birth injury lawyer for an initial consultation to discuss your child’s birth injury is an important step. It can be helpful to research information about lawyers who specialize in birth injuries, or if possible, who specialize in Newborn Skull Fracture cases or the particular type of birth injury affecting your child.
Many lawyers and legal teams offer free initial consultations. At Mallard & Sharp, P.A., we specialize in a wide variety of birth injuries in Miami Florida including those involving skull fractures and Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. To schedule a free initial consultation with our expert legal team call 877.662.5527 or 305.461.4800.