Welcoming a new child to the world is a wonderful experience and it should be the happiest moment in a couple’s relationship. Unfortunately, medical accidents and avoidable birth defects do occur from time to time. This misfortune may be the result of negligence, improper medical care, and/or prenatal misdiagnosis.
If you feel that your newborn baby has experienced an injury during the birthing process or is living with an abnormality due to negligent actions or the result of prescribed medications, the Florida statute of limitations allow victims a maximum of two years to file a lawsuit. That being said, it’s important to collect as much information and evidence as you can during this period to prove your birth injury case in a court of law.
Causes of Birth Defects
Birth defects are caused by several factors. Some incidents are natural, and occasionally these defects are due to medicines or drugs prescribed by a doctor. Birthing abnormalities may be a side effect caused by antidepressants, blood thinners, hormone drugs, sedatives, acne medications, anti-inflammatory medicine, diabetes medication, or drugs that reduce folic acid levels.
There are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRI medications, like Lexapro, Zoloft, Symbyax, Fluvoxamine, Prozac, and Paxil that are prescribed to female patients suffering from depression and anxiety. Birth side-effects may result from these certain medications.
It’s of the utmost importance to check with your doctor if you are pregnant and taking any medications, and it’s wise to research the risks of continuing certain prescriptions while pregnant. The CDC claims that 1 in 28 babies born in Florida have a major birth defect, and that some cases are preventable.
Examples of Serious Birth Injuries
Some serious birth injuries that our attorneys have handled include:
- Neural tube defects
- Spina Bifida
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
- Limb abnormalities
- Cleft lip or cleft palate
- Heart defects
Damages in Birth Injury Claims
The damages recovered by our clients in birth injury cases include:
- Medical expenses
- Special equipment
- Custodial care
- Travel expenses
Contact An Experienced Birth Defects Lawyer Today
No one deserves to suffer, no matter the circumstance. Our birth injury attorneys hold vast knowledge of Florida's medical laws and will go up against top medical lawyers for you. If you feel that you or your loved one was harmed medically during the birthing process or from supplements or medicine that you were prescribed, our birth injury attorneys will work together to recover your settlement from the medical industry.
Our birth injury attorneys help families in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and the South Florida area. For more information or to schedule your free consultation, please contact us today or give us a call at (561) 450-9355. We will evaluate your case for free and discuss your filing options.
You can learn more about birth injuries in Florida by visiting the Florida Birth Defects Registry.
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