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Midwife Medical Malpractice Negligence Birth Injuries

Midwife Medical Malpractice Negligence

Midwives, certified midwives (CMs), certified professional midwives (CPMs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) all provide services related to reproductive health, with the latter being the most common type of midwife in the nation according to the American Midwifery Certification Board.1 Each state has laws and rules governing midwifery licensing and practices. Florida law, for example, requires midwives to be 21 years of age, licensed, and trained, including having hands-on training involving actual patients, among other things.2 One important responsibility included in Florida's laws is the requirement for midwives to carry malpractice insurance. Whether at home, in a hospital, or at a...

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OB-GYN Negligence and The Critical Nature of Birth Injury Compensation

OB-GYN Negligence

Second only to securing the best of medical care for infants sustaining birth injuries due to OB-GYN negligence is obtaining a combination of justice and fair compensation. And while each of these is significantly important, fair compensation is critical to ensuring continued care both short term and long term. It's the basis for all things essential and helpful when growing up disabled and living with disabilities. Parents may believe that directly contacting an OB-GYN whose negligence caused their infant's birth injury or injuries is the best step when seeking justice and compensation. In fact, it is unlikely to help in either...

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Breaking the Silence — And Records — On Birth Injuries

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Devastation, disbelief, and apprehension are only a few of the hallmarks of birth injuries. Parents and families of birth-injured infants endure a wide spectrum of unforeseen difficulties and challenging situations, to say the least. Caring for an infant with birth injuries can not only be overwhelming and exhausting, but also highly emotional. Having a variety of support avenues -- including a solid legal one -- is essential. When a doctor, other medical professional, hospital, or birthing facility (or any combination of these) is at fault for a baby's birth injury or injuries, parents may be unsure how to effectively proceed in...

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A Sharp Eye On Justice: Behind Miami Attorney Bo Sharp’s Latest Record-Setting Birth Injury Settlement

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Noted Miami Attorney Richard "Bo" Sharp, Esq. of Mallard & Sharp, P.A. is no stranger to success when it comes to achieving justice and securing fair compensation for victims of birth injury medical malpractice negligence. In 2017, he served as lead counsel in the $33.8 million Dixon v. USA victory, the largest medical malpractice verdict in Florida that year and the largest medical malpractice verdict ever recovered in Miami-Dade County to date. The case involved a male infant who was the victim of malpractice, and as a result suffered severe injuries due to the delivering doctor failing to address a...

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Legal Help For Victims Of Birth Injuries: A Step-By-Step Checklist Guide

Legal Help For Birth Injury

Your child has a birth injury. You’re in shock. You need legal help, direction, and resources. Here’s how to start: 1. Remember to practice self care. You can best help your child and your family if you’re eating, sleeping, and staying hydrated. That way you can stay focused, find valuable information, and make beneficial choices. 2. Research information about lawyers who specialize in birth injuries, or if possible, who specialize in the particular type of birth injury your child has sustained. This can include cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, hypoxia, asphyxia, organ failure, brain damage, C-section injuries, infections, and more. See types of birth injuries here. 3. Schedule a consultation to...

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Miami Attorney Richard “Bo” Sharp Secures Rare $12M Federal Tort Settlement After Baby Went 22 Minutes Without Air

Miami attorney Richard “Bo” Sharp

Original Source: Law.com April 11, 2022 at 07:27 AM by Raychel Lean: Miami attorney Richard "Bo" Sharp has negotiated a $12 million settlement with the U.S. government for the family of a newborn baby who suffered severe brain damage after going 22 minutes without breathing, allegedly because of a nurse midwife’s negligence. It’s one of the largest—if not the largest—Federal Torts Claim Act settlements of its kind in Florida, according to lead counsel Richard “Bo” Sharp of Mallard & Sharp in Miami. Sharp credits his success to depositions, in which a nurse midwife reportedly admitted breaching the standard of care...

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Miami Attorney Richard “Bo” Sharp, Esq. Recovers Record $12 Million FTCA Medical Malpractice Settlement

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Noted Miami Attorney Richard "Bo" Sharp, Esq. of Mallard & Sharp, P.A. secured a $12,000,000 settlement from the United States Of America in the Federal Tort Claim Action, styled, HACKING vs. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Case No.: 2:19-cv-14449-), filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida in Ft. Pierce, Florida and defended by the United States Attorney’s Office in Miami, Florida. The $12 million settlement resolved Mallard & Sharp’s infant client’s claims, as well as the claims of her parents, against the Federal Government. The Federal Government was a party to the case, because the acts of medical negligence that...

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HIE Birth Injuries: Infant Cooling & Medical Malpractice

HIE birth injuries

Among the most traumatic and heartbreaking birth injuries is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. HIE is a serious medical condition in which a lack of oxygen to the brain due to insufficient blood flow can lead to brain injury and other organ damage in infants during the perinatal period, which is directly before or after birth. 1 Current medical protocols for HIE birth injury treatment in specific clinical cases include infant "whole body cooling," a form of induced hypothermia.2 The goal of the procedure is to reduce cases of death and disability due to HIE birth injuries. It requires that several...

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Richard “Bo” Sharp Recovers The Largest FTCA Medical Malpractice Settlement in Florida

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On the heels of winning a $33.8 Million medical malpractice verdict that was the Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in the State of Florida in 2017, Richard "Bo" Sharp was lead council for the recovery of a 2022 Medical Malpractice Settlement of $12 Million. This settlement represents the largest FTCA medical malpractice settlement in Florida and one of the largest FTCA settlements, of any type (if not the largest), that has been recovered in the State of Florida. In this case, a negligent nurse midwife fails to recognize medical emergency indicated by decelerations in unborn baby’s fetal heart rate and also fails to notify...

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Birth Injury Lawyers For Skull Fractures & HIE

skull fractures birth injury lawyer

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 supportInterior skull pressure monitoring in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)Blood pressure and heart monitoringIntravenous medications and fluidsReduction of brain swellingSurgeryRehabilitation Unlike many other types of birth...

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