Florida Fetal Stroke Birth Injury Lawyers
Fetal stroke occurs during pregnancy and puts the unborn child at risk for brain damage and other health complications. Some cases cannot be anticipated or prevented. In other cases, a doctor’s or hospital’s negligence directly or indirectly may cause stroke and resultant injury.
Do you have reason to suspect your doctor or other delivery staff made a mistake that led to your child’s injury? The Florida-based attorneys at Chalik & Chalik help parents like you determine whether they have the grounds for a medical malpractice claim. If you have sufficient cause for an injury claim, you may be able to seek compensation to address your child’s short- and long-term care.
Call our office today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Our family-based law firm prides itself on offering compassionate and effective legal services. Call today at (888) 476-4697 or complete our online contact form. Our main offices are based in Plantation, but we offer consultation services throughout Florida.
A 2004 entry in Pediatric Neurology by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine notes that a fetal stroke can occur at any point from the 14th week of pregnancy to the onset of labor and delivery. Fetal stroke is caused by a restriction or loss of blood flow to the baby’s brain. This may occur because of trauma, hemorrhaging or internal bleeding.
Some of the most serious complications of fetal stroke include:
- cerebral palsy (a collection of disorders that affect muscle control and movement and typically result in delayed development);
- mental retardation; and
The most serious cases can result in fetal death.
Fetal Stroke: Causes and Liability
Stanford University’s research team identified a number of various risk factors and characteristics, but determined that trauma is a common cause. A 2012 study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, Fetal and Neonatal Edition by researchers in the Netherlands determined that maternal infection/fever also play a role.
Other contributing factors may include, but are not limited to:
- lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain;
- preeclampsia (high maternal blood pressure, typically evident after the 20-week mark);
- trauma (this may include use of forceps or vacuum extraction during delivery, prolonged delivery and other external forces);
- gestational diabetes;
- placental abruption (when the placenta separates too early); and
- premature membrane rupture (when the amniotic sac and chorion rupture far in advance of delivery).
Doctor or hospital negligence may play a role in any of the above-listed factors. Our attorneys will talk to you about the full details of your case and conduct thorough investigations to determine what caused your child’s injury. We work with medical experts to build birth injury claims that take your child’s short- and long-term medical needs into account.
Some of the damages you may seek in a birth injury claim include:
- medical and hospital bills;
- long-term medical care (including at-home nursing, therapy, medical devices, prescriptions and other necessary supplies);
- lost wages (to address your own lost income while taking care of your child);
- your child’s pain and suffering; an
- punitive damages (available only in some cases, so ask an attorney about your particular case).
We have the resources available to help you calculate the value of a fair and sufficient injury claim.
Has your child suffered because of a fetal stroke? Call us for help!
The attorneys at Chalik & Chalik do not believe you and your child should suffer because of someone else’s mistake.