When infants are being delivered or have just been born, they are extremely vulnerable. Even the slightest pressure or change in environment can have a deep and long-lasting impact on their health and your family’s peace of mind. It takes only an instant to turn childbirth into a scary experience.
Broken bones are one type of birth injury. Broken bones can trigger immediate pain and require extensive treatment for newborns. If your child was injured and suffered a broken bone during delivery in Florida, contact Chalik & Chalik today for a free consultation.
Some of the bones that are commonly broken during delivery include:
- Broken toes
- Broken hip
- Broken femur
- Broken wrist
- Broken back
- Broken neck
The costs associated with these injuries, whether in immediate treatment or long-term pain and emotional suffering, can be considerable. Your whole family may be affected for months if not years by the injury and the collective stress and worry can be overwhelming.
If medical professionals, such as the doctor or nurse in charge of the delivery, were negligent in causing or failing to prevent the injury, they can be held liable for these costs. If there was malpractice present, such as putting too much force on a baby during delivery, then your family may be able to recover damages after the fact.
If your newborn was injured during birth, and the injury was the result of the actions of a medical professional, you may be eligible to recover damages after the fact. This financial compensation may include:
- Medical bills
- Permanent damage
- Ongoing care
- Pain and suffering
Detecting Broken Bones in Infants after Delivery
Birth injuries can be quite common in infants after delivery. Most often complications arise due to the size, position, stage of development of the fetus, or the mother’s own physical limitations. Sometimes injuries can also occur if a baby is mishandled during the delivery by a doctor or his team.
One of the most common birth injuries in Florida are broken bones. The most common of these are injuries to the collar bone. If infants go home from the hospital with broken bones, they could possibly be experiencing pain that they cannot communicate to a new parent. Some of the warning signs of a broken bone might include:
- Tenderness to touch
- Increased pain in one spot
- Increased pain with movement
- Unwilling to move much
- A limb that appears out of position
- General discomfort and cannot be soothed
If these symptoms are apparent, it is important to take the baby in to see the doctor to ensure that any injury is properly treated. A doctor will diagnose the extent of the injury to determine what needs to be done. Sometimes broken bones do heal on their own, because a baby’s bones are still soft and pliable. The bones heal generally in just a short period of time, so if an injury does persist it can be serious and need medical treatment.
Birth injuries, like broken bones, do occur as a result of negligence in the delivery room, such as too much force used or a lack of attention to the baby’s position in the birth canal. If your baby was injured through medical negligence, we can help. We are experienced in birth injury cases, and we understand as parents of three children ourselves.
If someone else was responsible for the injury, you should not have to pay for the damages caused out of your own pocket. A personal injury claim against those who are liable can earn you the financial compensation you deserve.
However, the insurance companies will not just write you a check. They will do everything possible to dismiss or discredit your claim, stooping as low as lying or cheating in order to pay out as little as possible. You need an experienced Florida birth injury lawyer on your side to fight against them.
A Florida broken bone injury lawyer who specializes in these types of cases can not only ensure you avoid the mistakes that many other people make, but can also collect evidence and argue on your behalf in front of a jury. This can be an invaluable asset to have on your side.
Before proceeding with an injury case on your own, call the experienced Florida birth injury lawyers of Chalik & Chalik today for a free consultation about your case. You pay nothing for the initial appointment, and are only charged a fee if you win your case.
Attorney Debi Chalik, a mother of three, has handled countless numbers of cases that are similar to yours. Call Debi and the rest of our office in order to take action on your case today.