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Medical Negligence

Four Types of Perineal Tear Birth Injuries

Perineal Tear

Perineal tears are a relatively common occurrence during childbirth. In fact, Cleveland Clinic reports that up to 90% of vaginal births result in perineal tears.1 While in many cases such tears require only minor suturing — or none at all — and do not result in long-term trauma, in others they cause severe damage. The latter are sometimes due to doctor or midwife error in the form of medical malpractice negligence. Failure to properly monitor birthing stages, for example, may result in a perineal tear birth injury. In such a case, a doctor or midwife may be liable for medical...

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Congenital Herpes Birth Injury

congenital herpes

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a common viral infection that is the cause of cold sores and sexually transmitted herpes outbreaks. Known as congenital herpes simplex when it is transmitted to an infant during pregnancy or birth, it can affect the infant’s brain, causing encephalitis that results in seizures.1 In the most severe of cases, it can also affect an infant’s lungs, liver, and kidneys, and may lead to death.2 Failure of an OB-GYN, midwife, or other medical professional to confirm the existence of HSV in a patient (and also a patient’s partner or spouse) who knowingly has the virus can...

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Forceps: Friend or Foe?


The use of forceps during birth is a common practice among difficult deliveries. Unfortunately, it can often result in injury to an infant, mother, or both. Injuries to an infant can include brain damage, nerve injuries, fractures, and eye injuries, while maternal injuries can include pelvic damage and severe lacerations.1,2,3 In many instances such injuries are due to medical malpractice negligence. In some cases, a medical malpractice negligence birth injury due to improper forceps use may improve or resolve over time with appropriate care. In other cases, such medical malpractice negligence birth injuries may be long-term or permanent and cause substantial...

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Distracted Doctors: An Unacceptable Cause Of Birth Injuries

Distracted Doctors

“Where’s the doctor? We have an emergency.” Those are words no one wants to hear in any medical situation, including during labor and delivery. Distracted doctors can cause a lack of prompt attention and proper care can lead to lifelong devastating consequences or death. Seconds count. And while there may be a valid reason in some instances in which a doctor is not in attendance when he or she should be, being preoccupied with one’s own personal activities for self-benefit is not one of them. In 2017, noted Miami attorney Richard “Bo” Sharp served as lead counsel in the $33.8 million Federal...

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Infant Brain Damage Birth Injury

Infant Brain Damage

The devastation that results when parents become aware that their infant has a brain damage birth injury is immeasurable. The heartbreak is paralleled with questions: How did this happen? Who is responsible? Will my baby survive? How do I care for my baby? The list is long. Finding out what type of infant brain damage has been sustained is an important first step. One example is when there has been insufficient or restricted oxygen or blood flow to an infant’s brain (known as birth asphyxia), which can cause a type of brain dysfunction called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).1,2 It can occur at...

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Infant Eye Injuries Birth Injuries In Instrument-Assisted Delivery

Infant Eye Injuries

All birth injuries are devastating, particularly those that create long-term or permanent deficits and hardships for infants and families. Among the most troubling are eye-related (ocular) birth injuries due to medical malpractice negligence, many of which occur during instrument-related delivery via the use of forceps.1 Research has shown that infant eye injuries include corneal abrasions, hemorrhages in the eye, scarring, and permanent loss of visual acuity.2  Other related injuries include damage to the eyelids, which can result in the need for multiple surgeries and may result in permanent facial deformity.2 In some cases, more than one incidence of medical malpractice negligence by...

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The 8-Year Deadline: Do You Have A Birth Injury Case That Qualifies?

Birth Injury Case

Caring for a healthy infant takes time and energy. Caring for an infant with birth injuries can be overwhelming and exhausting at a different level, making it difficult to find time for self care, let alone the time and energy to find an expert birth injury lawyer or legal team. However, seeking legal help with a birth injury case can offer many benefits, including ensuring fair financial compensation for what lies ahead for both child and family. Not to mention justice. But what if you don’t realize your infant has a birth injury due to physician medical malpractice negligence? Or your...

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Miami Lawyer Richard “Bo” Sharp Secures Third Largest Medical Malpractice Settlement In U.S.

Medical Malpractice Settlement Bo Sharp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2023                  MIAMI, Florida – Noted record-setting medical malpractice birth injury lawyer Richard “Bo” Sharp of the Miami law firm Mallard & Sharp has recently been named to the top ten settlements list for 2022. Sharp, who was previously recognized for recovering one of the top 21 personal injury verdicts nationally for 2017, has been listed third on Top Verdict’s top ten list for medical malpractice settlements recovered in the nation last year. The recovery in the case was a record-setting $12,000,000 settlement in the Federal Tort Claim Action styled HACKING vs. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Case No.: 2:19-cv-14449-). It represents the largest birth...

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How Richard ‘Bo’ Sharp, One of Miami’s Top Lawyers, Hit the Mark Nationally

The Third Largest Medical Malpractice Settlement Nationwide In 2022 And One Of The Top 21 Personal Injury Settlements Across The Entire United States For 2022.

Experience. Determination. Perseverance. Add these to hard work, exceptional knowledge, and a justice-driven attitude and you have noted record-setting medical malpractice birth injury lawyer Richard “Bo” Sharp, Esquire. Sharp, of Miami’s distinguished Mallard & Sharp law firm. Sharp was recently recognized for obtaining The Third Largest Medical Malpractice Settlement Nationwide In 2022 And One Of The Top 21 Personal Injury Settlements Across The Entire United States For 2022. Visit TopVerdict to see the complet list. The case of recognition, which other attorneys had turned down before Sharp became involved, was based on provable acts of medical negligence committed by a certified nurse...

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Midwife Medical Malpractice Negligence Birth Injuries

Midwife Medical Malpractice Negligence Birth Injuries

While in many instances births via midwife — regardless of where they take place — are successful or uneventful, in others catastrophic events occur that lead to serious lifelong injuries or even death. Over the past several years, both out-of-hospital and in-hospital or birthing center births utilizing midwives have been under scrutiny in Florida. The focus has been on midwife medical malpractice negligence birth injuries. In mid August of 2019, the Herald-Tribune published an article detailing the results of an investigation done in unison with GateHouse Media that showed out-of-hospital deliveries were twice as likely to result in infant injury or...

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