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How To Choose The Best Miami Birth Injury Lawyer For Your Needs

Best Miami Birth Injury Lawyer

Being faced with the need to hire a lawyer or legal team can seem like a daunting task, particularly when you or a loved one is the victim of a provable medical malpractice negligence birth injury. In the midst of dealing with physical, emotional, and financial strain, making a choice of which lawyer or legal team will represent you or your loved ones best can feel overwhelming. Here are a few tips that may help you choose the best Miami birth injury lawyer for your needs: Ask about the lawyer’s experience level In most cases, it is likely that the best Miami...

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5 Reasons Lawyers Turn Down Birth Injury Cases

Birth Injury Cases

Lawyers and legal teams turn down potential birth injury cases due to a number of factors. Lawyers who are well versed in birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits — or especially in specific types of birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits — are likelier to provide advantages in the areas of time, money, assistance, and results. Here are 5 common reasons lawyers turn down birth injury cases: TIME Florida's statute of limitations for personal injury cases, including birth injury cases, is two years, with some specific allowances.1,2 In instances in which a provable birth injury case is presented to a lawyer or legal team...

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The Continued Increase In Maternal Birth Injury Deaths

Maternal Birth Injury Deaths

The dramatic and escalating number of pregnancy-related maternal deaths in the U.S. during the past couple of decades can be summed up in one word: unacceptable. Current research shows that pregnancy-related maternal birth injury deaths have continued to increase.1,2,3 It is a disturbing scenario, particularly given the many developments and advances in medicine and medical care aimed at saving lives. Even more disturbing is when dangerous pregnancy-related medical situations are preventable, yet result in provable maternal birth injury medical malpractice deaths. The numbers tell a sobering story. According to the CDC, the number of reported pregnancy-related maternal deaths in the United States...

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Burden of Proof In Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Burden of Proof In Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Like every type of personal injury lawsuit in Florida, birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits require that the victim (the injured plaintiff or that plaintiff’s representative) prove that negligence occurred, and as a result, damages resulted. This is known as the burden of proof. Under Chapter 768 of the Florida statutes, the burden of proof requirement is as follows:1 768.725 Punitive damages; burden of proof.—In all civil actions, the plaintiff must establish at trial, by clear and convincing evidence, its entitlement to an award of punitive damages. The “greater weight of the evidence” burden of proof applies to a determination of the amount of...

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Previously Rejected Medical Malpractice Birth Injury Lawsuits

Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

Statutes of limitations. Case overload. Lawyer inexperience or preferred cases. These are only a few of the reasons why medical malpractice birth injury lawsuits might be rejected by a lawyer or legal team. In some instances, it can leave victims and parents (or surrogates) of medical malpractice birth injuries in tight spots with regard to securing legal help within the legally allotted time frame. This is especially true when legal help is sought too close to the time the statutes of limitations are set to expire. Today more than ever, time is of the essence in seeking legal help for potential...

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Three Causes of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy HIE Birth Injury

HIE Birth Injury

A decrease or lack of oxygen or blood flow to an infant’s brain, known as birth asphyxia, can lead to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy HIE birth injury, a form of brain dysfunction.1,2 HIE may be recognized by a number of symptoms, including breathing problems, unusual muscle tone, a lack of common reflexes, and seizures, among other things.1  It can occur at any point before birth, after birth, or during labor and delivery. In some cases, it is due to medical malpractice negligence in the form of an HIE birth injury. Three causes of HIE are: 1) umbilical cord compression or prolapse, 2)...

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Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

Brachial plexus birth injuries are those involving a network of nerves that can affect an infant’s shoulders, arms, or hands, or any combination thereof, and may even affect an infant’s eyes.1  Unfortunately, despite the many advances and improvements in childbirth-related healthcare over the past several decades, the number of brachial plexus birth injuries has continued to rise.2 In some cases, such injuries are due to medical malpractice negligence. They may result in short-term or long-term physical problems, depending on a number of factors. Brachial plexus birth injuries —  particularly those that persist long term — can be caused by  maternal health...

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Episiotomy Birth Injuries

Episiotomy Birth Injuries

Among the numerous types of potential medical malpractice negligence birth injuries are those involving episiotomies. An episiotomy is a common procedure in which an incision is made through a mother’s or surrogate’s perineum during childbirth.1 In some cases, episiotomies result in episiotomy birth injuries that affect a mother (or surrogate), a baby, or both. For example, according to doctors Wise and Kodner in an article in Clinical Gynecology, the rate of a mother experiencing a sphincter injury due to a midline episiotomy during vaginal delivery is up to nine-fold that of a mother who does not have an episiotomy.2 Potential episiotomy...

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Birth Injury Depression

Birth Injury Depression

Whether it is referred to as emotionally related childbirth trauma, psychological birth trauma, postpartum depression, or PTSD, the stress, strain, and exhaustion that can result from birth injuries all fall into one basket: mental health. The debilitating effects can include sleeplessness, loss of appetite, and high anxiety, to name a few. They often affect relationships and lead to problems at work for both mothers and fathers, including job loss in some cases. The resulting emotional and financial impacts can cause additional mental stress, adding to the vicious cycle of birth injury depression. When birth injury depression is a likely result of...

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Premature Birth Infant Birth Injury: Lungs

Brain Injury During Birth

Premature birth (also referred to as preterm birth) can wreak havoc on the health of both mothers and babies. In fact, a time frame of infant delivery even one week early has the potential to create serious complications for both the mother and baby.1,2 This includes incomplete development of an infant’s lungs, or lung damage. While numerous vital organs, including a baby’s brain, have the potential to be damaged or not fully develop when a premature birth occurs, the lungs may develop what is known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia, or BPD, a chronic lung disease in which the air sacs (called alveoli)...

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