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Florida Birth Injury Statute of Limitations

Statute of Limitations

“How long do we have to file a birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit?” It’s a question every parent with a provable birth injury medical malpractice negligence case needs to know the answer to. It’s especially important to know due to the fact that caring for a child who has a birth injury generally takes more time and effort than for a child who doesn’t, and time can pass quickly. Time is of the essence in such cases, however, in part due to how the law is structured. A set amount of time, known as the Florida Statute of Limitations (Chapter 95,...

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Five Considerations for the Best Miami Birth Injury Settlement

miami birth injury settlement

The financial aspects associated with learning that a newborn has one or more birth injuries include not only medical bills and related impending expenses, but also future care. Future care can include unforeseen needs associated with physical therapy, specialty education, handicap transportation, and a host of other scenarios. It is a major reason why obtaining fair compensation is critical in legal actions focused on securing the best Miami birth injury settlement. The following are five considerations when selecting an expert lawyer or legal team in order to recover the best Miami birth injury settlement in preparation for all costs, including future...

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Achieving the Best Miami Medical Malpractice Birth Injury Settlement

Malpractice Birth Injury Settlement

In addition to the heartbreak, fear, and exhaustion that accompanies learning that a newborn has one or more birth injuries are concerns about medical bills, future care, and related impending expenses. Not to mention justice. Parents and families of infants who have Miami medical malpractice birth injuries need experienced, effective help and support from a variety of angles. Considerations when selecting an expert lawyer or legal team in order to achieve the best Miami medical malpractice birth injury settlement include: * Experience in handling unique birth injury cases * Expert knowledge of the legal process * Knowledge of new or pending changes to legal...

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Maternal Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Deaths

Maternal Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Deaths

Current research shows that pregnancy-related maternal birth injury deaths have increased in the U.S. over the last couple of decades.1,2 It is an astounding and heartbreaking scenario, particularly given developments and advances in medicine and medical care. Even more disturbing is when dangerous pregnancy-related medical situations are preventable, yet result in provable medical malpractice deaths. According to the CDC, the number of reported pregnancy-related deaths in the United States steadily increased from 7.2 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1987 to 17.3 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018.3 Causes of maternal pregnancy-related deaths include: - Cardiovascular problems - Preeclampsia and eclampsia - Hemorrhage -...

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The Best Miami Medical Malpractice Birth Injury Lawyers

Judgement Award Settlement

Justice, along with fair compensation for medical bills, future care, and related expenses, is what parents and families of infants with Miami medical malpractice birth injuries seek. At Mallard & Sharp, P.A., the best Miami medical malpractice birth injury lawyers are Vidian Mallard and Richard “Bo” Sharp. Fighting for families of birth-injured infants and mothers – and a lot of other justice-related malpractice and personal injury issues – is their focus. Noted for recently securing 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-) with Bo Sharp at the helm,...

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Birth Injury Infant Deaths

Birth Injury Infant Deaths

The emotional devastation that parents and families experience after the loss of a newborn is unimaginable – and is compounded when that loss is due to medical malpractice negligence. Birth injury infant deaths result in disbelief, hurt, and anger, among other emotions, and a profound desire for answers and accountability. According to the CDC, nearly 20,000 infants died in the United States in 2020 alone.1 The 10 leading causes of infant death that year, which equated to 67.5% of the total infant deaths, were:2 - congenital malformations - low birth weight - sudden infant death syndrome - unintentional injuries - maternal complications - umbilical cord and placenta-related...

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Preeclampsia Birth Injuries

Preeclampsia Birth Injuries

Preeclampsia birth injuries include serious complications of pregnancy that can wreak havoc on the lives of mothers, parents, infants, and families. In advanced cases, it can result in organ damage and severe injury to the mother, infant, or both, and can even result in death.1 Preeclampsia can evolve into eclampsia, an emergency situation in which the mother experiences seizures and the fetus must be delivered immediately. The lives of both the mother and infant are at risk in such scenarios. According to the Preeclampsia Foundation, preeclampsia accounts for  approximately 20 percent of all premature deliveries.2 Preeclampsia involves multiple organs and systems...

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Long-Term Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

Despite advances and improvements in childbirth-related healthcare, instances of brachial plexus birth injuries have continued to rise over the decades.1 Such injuries may be short term or long term, depending on a number of physical and medical factors. Long-term brachial plexus birth injuries may be the result of more than one consideration, including maternal health problems, prolonged labor, breech delivery, or instrument-assisted delivery, or any combination of these, though researchers are still working to identify additional risk factors.2,3,4 Overall, the number of infants who sustain permanent damage in the form of neurological deficits or impairments has been calculated at about thirty...

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Birth Injury Malpractice Neonatal Seizures

Birth Injury Malpractice Neonatal Seizures

The neonatal period, which is generally defined as the time from just after the birth of a newborn (also called a neonate) to the first month of life, should be a happy and exciting time for parents and families. Unfortunately, it is also a time period in which birth injury malpractice neonatal seizures can occur.1 While neonatal seizures within themselves are not a birth injury, birth injury malpractice related neonatal seizures can be the result of medical negligence, including that causing infections, blood clots, or a lack of oxygen for a newborn before or during birth as a result of...

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Florida Midwifery Legal Changes & Midwife Medical Malpractice Birth Injuries

Midwife Medical Malpractice

Effective July 1, 2022, Senate Bill 768 (Sections 12-16) contains clarifications, refinements, and changes to Midwifery requirements in the state of Florida as reported by the Florida Department of Health (DOH).1,2 According to the DOH, the bill provides clarification of midwifery definitions as well as of midwifery program education standards and clinical training requirements; aligns program approval standards with accreditation and licensing standards for specific midwifery programs; and adds refinements to requirements for licensing. Additionally, it provides clarification regarding requirements for temporary certification of midwives in areas of critical need and greater access to midwifery care in such areas via...

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