Miami Birth Defects Attorney
Representing Birth Defect Victims and Their Families in Miami
All expecting parents have one wish: that their child will be healthy. Unfortunately, many babies in the United States – approximately one out of every 33 – are born with birth defects, some of which are serious enough to cause significant harm, and prevent the child from leading a normal life. While there are many causes of birth defects, some of which are not preventable due to genetic factors, many birth defects are indeed preventable.
If your baby is born with a birth defect, or suffers a birth injury, our experienced Miami birth defect attorneys at the law offices of Dolan Dobrinksy Rosenblum, LLP will commit to investigating the cause of the birth defect, potential liability, and avenues for recovering compensation for the losses your family has suffered.
Common Types of Birth Defects
Our attorneys are experienced in handling all types of birth defect and birth injury cases. A birth defect refers to a problem that occurs when the baby is developing in the womb, whereas a birth injury refers to an injury that occurs near birth, or during the birthing process after the fetus has fully developed. Some of the most common types of birth defects in Florida include:
- Down syndrome;
- Sickle cell disease;
- Cystic fibrosis;
- Spina bifida;
- Cleft lip/cleft palate; and
- Heart defects.
Some of the most common types of birth injuries include:
- Brachial plexus injuries;
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage;
- Asphyxia/hypoxia; and
Causes of Birth Defects & Proving Liability
Birth defects and birth injuries occur for many different reasons, although in some cases, they may both be the result of negligence. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that birth defects can occur at any stage during the gestational process, but that most occur during the first three months of a fetus’ life. Things that may cause birth defects include genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices. In some cases, medical negligence is the cause of a birth defect or a birth injury. For example:
1. A Healthcare Provider May Prescribe a Dangerous Medication
Not all medications are safe for pregnant women to take, and in some cases, medications that are used during pregnancy can even cause birth defects. When a healthcare provider fails to explain the dangers of certain medications to a pregnant woman, or prescribes a medication with known risks, they may be held liable if birth defects result.
2. A Healthcare Provider May Fail to Properly Monitor or Treat Mother and Baby
A healthcare provider has a duty to properly monitor and treat a pregnant mother during the course of her pregnancy, and must do so in accordance with the established medical standard of care. For example, if the mother has diabetes, the diabetes increases the risk of a birth defect if it is not monitored and properly treated during the course of the pregnancy.
3. A Medical Error is Made During the Birthing Process
Finally, a birth injury may result when a healthcare practitioner commits an act of medical negligence during the birthing process. For example, performing an unnecessary c-section, failing to monitor a fetus’ vital signs, or using excessive force to remove a baby from the birth canal can all result in injuries. If you believe that your baby’s birth defect or birth injury was the result of medical negligence (a breach of the medical standard of care), you have the right to hold the responsible party liable and seek damages for your losses.
Injured Victims Deserve Full Compensation
When your baby is born with a birth defect or a birth injury, your first question is surely in regards to what their future will look like. While some birth injuries are life threatening – which is one of the most terrible things for parents to face – others are not serious enough to cause death, but are serious enough to forever prevent the child from caring for themselves, obtaining higher education or employment, getting married or having children of their own. Further, many birth injuries and birth defects cost thousands of dollars in medical expenses and at-home care costs.
Our South Florida birth defect attorneys have the skills and experience necessary to help you seek the full extent of the losses your family has suffered, and will suffer in the future. This includes:
- Hospital expenses;
- Future medical expenses related to your child’s care;
- Pain and suffering;
- Disfigurement and disability;
- Lost future wages; and
- Any other economic or noneconomic losses your family and child experiences.
We Make Sure that Seeking Legal Representation Is Affordable
Many parents of children with birth defects of birth injuries hesitate to seek legal counsel because of the costs associated with such services, especially when a family is already reeling from the financial toll of a child’s medical expenses. At the offices of Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP, we believe in helping people, plain and simple. This means that we will never charge you upfront fees or hourly rates for our services; instead, we make sure that seeking legal representation is affordable by always operating on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t recover a compensation award on your behalf, you won’t owe us anything or our representation.
Contact Our Team Today
We care about you and your family. We have helped many parents and their children suffering from a birth defect or a birth injury understand their legal rights and seek compensation for their losses. While our office is based in Miami, we can travel throughout South Florida to meet with you and learn more about your case. For your free consultation, contact us online or by phone today.
We Have Trial Experience
One thing that sets our lawyers apart from others in the area is our trial experience. When your case cannot be settled out of court in mediations, you can take comfort in knowing that we have appeared in a court, before a judge, and before a jury multiple times, and know what we’re doing.
Trusting Words From Our Clients
“I have used Manuel Dobrinsky and he is more than excellent. Great communication. More than effective. It was a fantastic support for me having him during my process. Also I can say the best Lawyer I ever had.”J. Cordero
“I endorse this lawyer's work. Manny is one of the brightest trial attormeys that I know. He is an incredibly hard worker and always strives to achieve the best results for his clients. He excels in the Courtroom as well. I would recommend him without reservation.”A. Weinstein
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