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Medical Negligence

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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Maternal Sepsis Birth Injuries

Maternal Sepsis Birth Injuries

Maternal birth injuries as a whole encompass a variety of traumas, often leaving mothers or surrogates with both physical and psychological negative effects. Among the more dangerous of these is maternal sepsis, a potentially fatal blood infection. Unfortunately, it is among the most common birth-involved deaths affecting mothers and surrogates. In fact, sepsis was the second leading cause of pregnancy-related death in the U.S. between 2014 and 2017 according to the CDC.1 Severe sepsis and septic shock are two complications that can occur, increasing the level of infection severity and the potential for death.2 The following are common questions regarding maternal sepsis: What...

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Infant Sepsis Birth Injuries

Sepsis Birth Injuries

From wombs to warmers, infants are susceptible to sepsis, a potentially fatal blood infection that requires urgent, case-specific treatment. According to Cleveland Clinic, neonatal sepsis can result in whole-body swelling that can affect an infant’s organs and even lead to organ failure.1 In addition to organ dysfunction, septic shock can occur, increasing the level of infection severity and the potential for death.2 When medical malpractice negligence is part of the equation, parents of infants who have sustained sepsis birth injuries generally seek direction, answers, and justice. What causes sepsis in newborns? While bacterial infections are the most common cause of sepsis, viruses,...

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Birth Injury Liability & Lawsuits: Q&A

birth injury liability

In cases in which legal action will be taken in provable birth injury lawsuit cases, establishing liability must be done with precision. Expert lawyers and legal teams who specialize in identifying birth injury liability lawsuit cases gather information critical to effectively develop a birth injury lawsuit case that is comprehensive and accurate. The following are additional questions related to birth injury liability involving infants, mothers, and/or surrogates. Who Is Liable For My Baby’s Birth Injury? Liability is assessed by confirming the medical event or events, or lack thereof, that actually caused your baby’s birth injury and who was provably involved. Could More Than...

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Birth Injury Lawsuits: First Steps Q&A

Birth Injury Lawsuits

Birth Injury Lawsuits: Q&A Part 1 The devastation that results from learning that a baby has a birth injury is usually accompanied by a wide variety of questions regarding the cause, future care, and costs -- not to mention liability and justice. Effective support, direction, and assistance are critically needed. The following are several common questions parents have regarding birth injury liability, lawsuits and claims: My Child Has A Birth Injury. What Should I Prioritize? Practicing self care by eating nutritious meals, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep is essential. Confirming the type of birth injury your child has sustained, gathering resources, and...

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