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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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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

Judgement Award Settlement

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: 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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